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Matthew Sugrue

Blog Entries by Matthew Sugrue

Throwing Yourself in the Way: Gasoline Sanctions and Iran

Posted January 11, 2010 | 19:38:53 (EST)

Two recent events allow reason for hope for the future of U.S. policy towards Iran. First, the State Department recently issued a recommendation that the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) allow the export of free mass-market communications software to Iran. The proposed modifications to current sanctions will...

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Do Sanctions Work? Iran, Proliferation and U.S. Policy

Posted January 7, 2010 | 17:54:02 (EST)


A diplomatic resolution to the conflict between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the United States is certainly the most desirable outcome. There is, however, a definite possibility that before a diplomatic solution is reached the United States, either alone or in conjunction with its allies, will impose further...

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A License to Chat

Posted October 30, 2009 | 16:29:57 (EST)

The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) should clarify its position regarding the legality of Microsoft's offering its instant messenger service within Iran. As a result of ambiguities within OFAC's guidelines on Iran sanctions, Microsoft Corporation voluntarily withdrew its Windows Live Messenger program from Iran in late...

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