sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and his German counterpart, Sigmar Gabriel, speak to the media following talks in Berlin on June 27, 2017. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty

When it comes to Iran sanctions, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands. Access to the U.S. financial system hangs in the balance.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses sanctions and the Iran nuclear deal in the White House on Oct. 13, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Use of Sanctions May Be Unsustainable

The president risks weakening one of America's most formidable policy tools.

Bill Browder testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in July 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Enemy of the State

Bill Browder helped craft U.S. policy toward Russia. Was it for the better?

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks in Havana, Cuba, on Dec. 14, 2017. (Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images)

Why More Sanctions Won’t Help Venezuela

The people, not the government, will pay the price.

An Iranian woman raises her fist amid tear gas smoke during a protest at the University of Tehran on Dec. 30, 2017. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

How Washington Helps Tehran Control the Internet

Meant to hurt the regime, U.S. sanctions actually make it easier for the mullahs to crack down on dissent online.

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul on Nov. 7. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)

Ahead of Trump’s China Visit, ‘Real Teeth’ in New North Korea Sanctions Bill

The proposed bill targets major Chinese banks and could give Trump leverage in Beijing.

An IRGC Raad air defense system on display in Tehran on Sept. 21, 2012. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Did Iran Sanctions Make the Revolutionary Guard Stronger?

Sanctions regimes aren't simple, and they only work when their negative secondary effects do not outweigh their primary achievements.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson leaves a briefing on North Korea at the State Department on Aug. 22, 2017 (Brendan Smialowski   /AFP/Getty Images)

State Department Scraps Sanctions Office

The Trump administration was three weeks late on a Russia sanctions deadline. But it’s killed the office that coordinates them.

President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Oct. 13. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Slippery ‘Spirit’ of Nixing the Iran Deal

Obama's JCPOA terms actually give the White House sound legal footing for decertification. But now Trump owns the consequences.

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