The Politics of Sanctions

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, up for reelection in May

Sanctions are the ultimate expression of policy futility, representing as they do the absence of policy — a kind of “feel-good” activity that policymakers undertake when they don’t know what to do, or how to do it. One of the key aspects of diplomacy is the act of engagement. But sanctions are the antithesis of engagement, representing as they do the very act of disengagement. The consequences of this disengagement are many, the least of which is the elimination of economic interaction as a vehicle for the development of the kind of shared interests and goals that serve as the foundation of relations between nations.

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