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Karen Dawisha on Russia's Middle East Strategy, Interview With Eminent Russia Expert and Author of Putin's Kleptocracy Part II

Samuel Ramani | Posted 11.05.2015 | World
Samuel Ramani

Karen Dawisha is the Walter E Havighurst Professor of Political Science at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is a world-renowned Russia expert who has written extensively about Soviet foreign policy, Russia-Middle East relations, and contemporary Russian politics.

Targeted UN Sanctions in South Sudan a Threat to Peace

Matthew Leriche | Posted 10.28.2015 | World
Matthew Leriche

A better understanding of the politics in South Sudan, and the way the country's communities and individual leaders are connected, would have allowed the UN to recognize its current approach is applying coercion that is unlikely to work toward securing peace in South Sudan.

The Iran Deal: Power to the People

Holly Dagres | Posted 09.14.2015 | World
Holly Dagres

Having an Iran deal opens the floodgates of economic opportunity, breaths new life into the middle class, and raises the standard of living, which are all vehicles of change. With the passing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal has done a lot more for positive transformation in Iran than sanctions ever could.

Can GOP Governors Actually Sanction Iran?

John A. Tures | Posted 09.11.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

More than a dozen GOP governors wrote a letter to President Barack Obama, vowing to keep state-level sanctions on Iran despite the nuclear deal. But can a state really circumvent the U.S. President's policy on sanctions? A U.S. Supreme Court case from several years ago could block that plan.

Forging a Better Deal With Iran Is a Pipe Dream

Aaron Daniel Taylor | Posted 09.08.2015 | World
Aaron Daniel Taylor

Iran is a country of many contradictions. On the one hand, Iran is a theocratic regime that persecutes homosexuals and Christian evangelists, imprisons journalists, and supports bad actors in the region.

What Are Sanctions, and Do They Work?

MoneyTips | Posted 09.08.2015 | Business

Sanctions have been prominently featured in the news in recent times, especially given international negotiations with Iran regarding economic sanctio...

Sanctions Without Purpose: U.S. Penalizes Sudanese People to Punish Their Government

Doug Bandow | Posted 09.02.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

Washington obviously intends sanctions to cause economic hardship, but for what purpose? In the early 1990s Khartoum supported Saddam Hussein's Iraq against America and dallied with Islamic radicalism, even inviting Osama bin Laden to stay. However, that practice ended after 9/11.

The Biggest Myths About Doing Business with Iran

Dick Simon | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Dick Simon

We think we know all about Iranians, having seen "Argo," "Homeland" and myriad other media consistently feeding us a narrative of "dangerous Iranians," but there is a lot that Americans and many in the West are unclear about.

The Dark Side of Russian Sanctions: Lessons to Learn

Elena Ulansky | Posted 08.17.2015 | World
Elena Ulansky

While the impact of western sanctions on Russia has been well documented, little mention has been made of the effects of the Russian embargo on western agricultural products.

Understanding Russia's War on Cheese

Eliot Borenstein | Posted 08.14.2015 | World
Eliot Borenstein

The Paleo Diet has finally been knocked from its perch as the stupidest food trend of the twenty-first century, replaced by an even stranger phenomenon: the Russian government's mass, televised destruction of banned imported food.

House Democrat Calls For War Authorization Against Iran

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Alcee Hastings on Thursday became the latest Democrat to split with President Barack Obama over Iran, stating that he woul...

Chuck Schumer's Position on Iran Is Reckless

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 08.11.2015 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

Opponents of the Iran deal have been unable to produce a viable alternative. That is because there really are no alternatives left. Should the Iran deal collapse under the weight of spoilers like Schumer, Iran will get a nuclear weapon. And once Iran achieves and announces that capability to the world, no expert will be able to foresee the consequences.

Russia Destroys Western Food To Mark 1 Year Of Sanctions

AP | Katie Nelson | Posted 08.12.2015 | World

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On the Ground in Russia

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Craig K. Comstock

After traveling to Russia for more than 30 years as a "citizen diplomat," Sharon Tennison isn't buying the war propaganda intended to demonize Putin and cast us back into a Cold War.

EU Extends Sanctions Against Russia By 6 Months

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 06.22.2015 | World

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — The European Union on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January to keep pressure on Moscow over the conflict...

Putin Warns West Not To Meddle In Russia's Affairs

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2015 | World

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 19 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin boasted on Friday that Russia had found the "inner strength" to prevent sanctions ...

Reviving the Iran-North Korea Axis

John Feffer | Posted 06.08.2015 | World
John Feffer

Because much of the cooperation between Iran and North Korea is shrouded in mystery, their relationship is ripe for exploitation, particularly by those who are eager to find a hammer to destroy the impending nuclear agreement with Iran. But if this is the only implement that critics can find to inflict damage, they're scraping the bottom of their toolbox of destruction.

Jessica Schulberg

Inside AIPAC's Quiet Campaign To Blur Israeli Settlement Lines | 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 | 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 06.14.2015 | 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 06.13.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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.