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Top Treasury Official Warns Against Over-Reliance on Sanctions

Though the Obama administration has often resorted to financial sanctions to coerce foreign adversaries into better behavior, a top Treasury official warned Friday that overusing the measures risks damaging the long-term vitality of the U.S. economy and the economies of friendly nations.

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Too Big to Sanction

How the internationalization of China’s currency hurts Washington’s ability to punish human rights violators.

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Beijing Blasts New U.S. Sanctions on North Korea

China's foreign ministry says new U.S. sanctions on North Korea raise tensions in the region.

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Happy Weeklong Birthday, Mugabe. Hope You Enjoy the Drought.

Robert Mugabe's 92nd birthday party will likely be lavish. It will also take place while 3 million people suffering in the country's drought ask for aid.

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Make Pyongyang Pay

Stop North Korea by hitting it where it hurts: its wallet.

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The Devil We Know in Minsk

Europe is about to let its last dictator in from the cold. Here's why it should demand change instead.

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U.N. Panel Calls for Sanctions on South Sudan’s Warring Leaders

An unpublished report finds "clear and convincing evidence" that Salva Kiir and Riek Machar are responsible for widespread atrocities.

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