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Jessica Schulberg

Inside AIPAC's Quiet Campaign To Blur Israeli Settlement Lines

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the Senate passed a high-profile piece of trade legislation last Friday, lawmakers simultaneously approved a little-noticed amendme...

Do Sanctions Work?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Economic sanctions have long been used as a foreign policy tool, sometimes perceived as the tool of choice for nations where diplomacy has failed to yield desired results. Yet as widely used as they are, they generally fail to achieve their objectives.

Jessica Schulberg

Iran Nuclear Bill Faces Next Big Hurdle

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 04.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A delicately assembled bill to give Congress oversight of the Iran nuclear deal is set for renewed scrutiny as it heads to the Senate fl...

Can Sanctions on Iran 'Snap Back'?

Matthew RJ Brodsky | Posted 04.15.2015 | World
Matthew RJ Brodsky

In selling the new framework agreement reached between Iran and the six world powers known as the P5+1, President Obama has assured an apprehensive American public that if Iran breaches the terms of a final deal, he will "snap back" the sanctions.

United States, Venezuela and UNASUR: 4 Questions

Paz Zarate | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Paz Zarate

The practical effects of the U.S. sanctions for the seven Venezuelan officials concerned are minimal. The impasse between Washington and Caracas will eventually be solved. But the final and most important question remains unanswered...

Conclude the Nuclear Deal With Iran: Failure Is Not an Option

Doug Bandow | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iran has been one of Washington's chief antagonists for nearly four decades. But a broad deal to keep Tehran from building nuclear weapons has been reached. Alas, any accord will face significant opposition. Some Americans -- including many Republican members of Congress--fear peace more than war.

Obama Could Face Another Disastrous Summit Due to Sanctions Against Venezuela

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 04.09.2015 | Politics
Mark Weisbrot

What the Venezuela sanctions made clear is that President Obama's opening to Cuba represented exactly zero change in Washington's overall strategy toward the region: The intention of expanding commercial and diplomatic relations with Cuba was mainly to pursue a more effective strategy of undermining the Cuban government -- and all the left governments in the region.

Friday Talking Points -- Obama Earning His Nobel

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

A few months back, he announced a major shift in U.S. policy towards Cuba, ending a half-century of frostiness, and this week the outlines of a deal to avoid a war with Iran were unveiled, thawing a relationship that froze over back in 1979.

Jessica Schulberg

At AIPAC, Brad Sherman Reflects Congressional Divide On Iran Sanctions

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Addressing an audience Sunday at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) showed signs of the increasi...

Jessica Schulberg

Lindsey Graham Threatens to Cut UN Funding and Derail Iran Negotiations

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Speaking to the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference Sunday morning, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) threatene...

Europe's Dilemma - Putin's Blessing in Disguise

Elena Ulansky | Posted 04.12.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

The negative yielding bonds show how weak the European economy and psychological capacity of Europe is to stand up to Putin. The problem for Germany now is not Russia but how to deal with Greece and the weakening economies of European countries.

Venezuela Authorizes Use of Lethal Weapons on Protest Control

Raul Stolk | Posted 04.01.2015 | Latino Voices
Raul Stolk

In Venezuela the armed forces are not allowed to enforce public order. The only component of the military that may act in certain civil defense roles is the National Guard, yet the new resolution does not distinguish. But that is just one small detail.

Beware the Blowback From Russia Sanctions

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

It's worth remembering, with the centenniary of World War I just past, that economic collapse and social disruption are more likely to sow the seeds of extremism and conflict than to make the world safe for democracy.

What's Not to Understand? Children Were Raped.

Phu Nguyen | Posted 03.18.2015 | Sports
Phu Nguyen

I'm writing this to make a point that I feel can't ever become redundant. I seem to keep having to argue a very necessary objective regarding the PSU/Paterno scandal and the NCAA sanctions. I suppose I'll keep reiterating as often as possible until people who don't get it, do.

Parallels in Myanmar and Cuba Policy

Erin Murphy | Posted 03.09.2015 | World
Erin Murphy

This seems like a laundry list of "gives," but these are in fact incremental steps -- particularly given that the embargo remains in force -- that will improve the everyday lives of Cubans and their families abroad and begin to thaw relations between the two countries.

U.S. Is Trying To Sanction Progress in Venezuela/Latin America

Dan Kovalik | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

President Obama is poised to sign a bill sanctioning Venezuela over alleged concern for human rights in that country. Thousands of Venezuelans have responded to this news by marching in protest of these sanctions.

The Global Consequences of Western Sanctions to Change Russian Policy Towards Ukraine

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Are western sanctions over Russia's support of Eastern Ukraine separatists, the declining price of oil, and the sharp decline of the ruble causing significant enough pressure on the Russian economy to change Putin's stance on the Ukraine?

I Won't Be Coming Home for Christmas: The Christmas Experience in Prison

Christopher Zoukis | Posted 02.05.2015 | Crime
Christopher Zoukis

While it doesn't even come close to mom's egg and sausage Christmas brunch, I try to pick up a few seasonal items in my prison's commissary. Is it depressing? Yes. Does it hurt? Yes. But it is all that I have.

Will Russia's Eastern Game Plan Work?

Elena Ulansky | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

Russia's projected growth of the economy in 2015 will not surpass 1% by even the most optimistic projections. What does Russian leadership do to mend this sinking boat?

Crumbling of Oil Prices Make Russia and China Closer

Elena Ulansky | Posted 01.12.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

As the price of oil crumbles, declining over 25% since June, the consequences on the Russian economy have been drastic. What American and European sanctions (brought as a result of the annexation of Crimea) and the Ukraine crisis failed to do to the Russian economy, the declining price of oil has done.

Vladimir Putin's Military Is Buzzing Europe Because Sanctions Are Working

John A. Tures | Posted 01.03.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

It's unrealistic to expect Putin to be overthrown by sanctions. But if he didn't care so much about them, why would he try to rattle the West's nerves.

Fiji's Post-Election Democracy: How Robust?

East-West Center | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
East-West Center

By Gerard A. Finin It would be easy to look skeptically at Fiji's recent national election - the Pacific island nation's first since a military coup ...

The Flawed Logic of Russian Sanctions (and Why They Might Be Useful Anyway)

Kimberly Marten | Posted 11.28.2014 | World
Kimberly Marten

Western sanctions are harming the Russian economy, but that doesn't mean they will achieve anything the West wants in Ukraine.

The Artichoke and The Soccer Ball: Russia Gains Advantage

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.23.2014 | Impact
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The sanctions on Russia aren't working, and can't work. The plight of French farmers shows how the sanctions can be self-destructive, and the news from UEFA are a signal that Russia is still a trusted partner and an ideological ally of the European Union.

A Russia Problem, Not a Putin Problem

Carnegie Corporation of New York | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Carnegie Corporation of New York

It may remain true that there is much the two countries could do together, particularly over the long term. But shared interests will not be enough to bring the two countries together again. For the problem in relations is grounded in each country's sense of itself and its role in the world.