Tue Oct 19th, 2021 at 10:15:28 AM EST
Economic sanctions are increasingly being used to promote the full range of American foreign policy objectives. Yet all too often sanctions turn out to be little more than expressions of U.S. preferences that
hurt expands American economic interests without changing the target's behaviour for the better.
Doesn't make a better world, it changes the behaviour of American allies more than the intended targets. Bullying through sanctions and NATO military pressure makes states line-up behind unipolar might of the USA. There will be a moment the imbalance causes a confrontation and war, for now it's manoeuvring to stay on top of the pyre of wealth.
Biden Refuses to Lift Trump Sanctions on Iran | CBS News - Feb. 7, 2021 |
In A Nutshell ...
Economic Sanctions: Too Much of a Bad Thing | Brookings Institute - 1998 |
The widespread use of economic sanctions constitutes one of the paradoxes of contemporary American foreign policy. Sanctions are frequently criticized, even derided. At the same time, economic sanctions are fast becoming the policy tool of choice for the United States in the post-cold war world. The United States now maintains economic sanctions against dozens of countries; indeed, sanctions are so popular that they are being introduced by many states and municipalities. What is critical, moreover, is not just the frequency with which economic sanctions are used but their growing importance for U.S. foreign policy.
Sanctions--defined as mostly economic but also political and military penalties introduced to alter political and/or military behaviour--are employed by the United States to discourage the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, bolster human rights, end terrorism, thwart drug trafficking, discourage armed aggression, promote market access, protect the environment, and replace governments.
To accomplish foreign policy ends, sanctions take the form of arms embargoes, foreign assistance reductions and cut-offs, export and import limitations, asset freezes, tariff increases, revocation of most favoured nation (MFN) trade status, negative votes in international financial institutions, withdrawal of diplomatic relations, visa denials, cancellation of air links, and prohibitions on credit, financing, and investment.
U.S. Foreign Policy and Diplomacy - shortlist
U.S. Treasury: Sanctions Programs and Country Information
- Belarus Sanctions 08/09/2021
- Chinese Military Companies Sanctions 06/16/2021
- Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 (CAATSA) 03/02/2021
- Cuba Sanctions 09/02/2021
- Foreign Interference in a United States Election Sanctions 04/15/2021
- Hong Kong-Related Sanctions 07/16/2021
- Iran Sanctions 10/08/2021
- Iraq-Related Sanctions 04/30/2021
- Lebanon-Related Sanctions 07/30/2010
- Libya Sanctions 08/06/2020
- Magnitsky Sanctions 12/10/2020
- Russian Harmful Foreign Activities Sanctions 09/13/2021
- Syria Sanctions 07/28/2021
- Syria-Related Sanctions 07/28/2021
- Ukraine-/Russia-Related Sanctions 08/20/2021
- Yemen-Related Sanctions 05/20/2021
Office of Foreign Assets Control - Sanctions Programs and Information
The Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") of the US Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on US foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States.
Long reach of US economic arm beyond International Law or United Nations directives.
Turkey's Halkbank urges dismissal of Iran-linked US prosecution
Gold transfers are well known in the UAE, Suriname and Kuwait ...
US Treasury Department abandoned major money laundering case against Dubai gold company | ICIJ - Sept. 21, 2020 | ... a Quid pro Quo for signing the Abraham Accords? Just like Sudan and Morocco!
Iran, Venezuela sign 20-year document: FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
Saudi Arabia best efforts to launder Prince Salman back into a wealthy, respectable partner for the UK and US ...
Saudi-Newcastle soccer takeover prompts 'sportswashing' concerns | NBC News |
Biden embraces Trump accords, but struggles with his withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal amid growing threat | ABC News |
Explain the hypocrisy of ally Israel, support with strategic arms while occupying Palestinian territory and killing its citizens. Contravenes UNSC Resolutions and International Law.
Biden Reset of Diplomacy Solely with Allies
Biden-Blinken delayed ... and waited ... lost the window of opportunity to seal a new nuclear deal, unwilling to lift the Trump sanctions and decision to abolish the JCPOA treaty. U.S. Congress and the Knesset applaud ...
Final presidential debate shows Iran's political fissures | AP News - June 2021 |
The debate took on the pattern of the previous ones, with hard-liners focusing their criticism on Hemmati as a stand-in for Rouhani. Hard-liner Alireza Zakani went as far to accuse Hemmati of committing a "huge treason" by sharing financial information to the International Monetary Fund. Hard-line former Revolutionary Guard chief Mohsen Rezaei described the Rouhani government as being run by "infiltrators."
Abdolnasser Hemmati, who raised eyebrows in recent days after telling The Associated Press in an interview he'd be potentially willing to speak with President Joe Biden, said his government would not view Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as enemies. He also warned that without deals with the wider world, Iran's economy would see no growth.
Everyone knew a hardliner was the frontrunner and would take a tougher stance on dealing with archenemy the U.S. Another "jewel" of the Obama legacy wasted. Hey, Trump/Pompeo policy wasn't so bad after all?