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A man withdraws Iranian rials from an ATM in Tehran on July 31. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Ordinary Iranians Will Suffer, but Regime Insiders Will Profit

On our podcast: Journalist Jason Rezaian recalls life in Iran under sanctions.

An Iranian oil facility on Kharg Island in the Persian Gulf on March 12, 2017. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

Looming Iran oil sanctions pose challenges for U.S. energy policy.

The ZTE logo is seen on an office building in Shanghai on May 3. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

ZTE’s Ties to China’s Military-Industrial Complex Run Deep

The Chinese telecommunications firm is connected to other companies with a history of proliferation.

Family members shout slogans as they wait outside the Kobar prison in north Khartoum to welcome their loved ones after Sudan released dozens of opposition activists Feb. 18 who were arrested in January when authorities cracked down on protests against rising food prices. (Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images)

Sanctions Against Sudan Didn’t Harm an Oppressive Government — They Helped It

The end of economic isolation hasn’t brought a financial windfall or more freedom. Instead, the regime is as strong as ever while ordinary people suffer.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa (L) gives a speech after being officially sworn in during a ceremony in Harare on November 24, 2017.

Zimbabwe Needs Genuine Democracy, Not Window Dressing

As the country prepares for the first post-Mugabe elections, the United States and its allies must use all the leverage they have to demand genuine reform.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at an OPEC meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on April 20. (Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images)

OPEC Close to Agreement to Open the Oil Taps

With or without Iranian cooperation, extra barrels of crude could help meet rising demand. But there’s still reason to fear a price spike later this year.

French Economy  Minister Bruno Le Maire addresses a conference  on February 15, 2018 at the Economy Ministry in Paris.

OFAC Off

The European Union needs to defend its economic sovereignty from U.S. overreach. Creating its own agency for sanctions enforcement would be a start.

The United Nations Security Council meets on August 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

At U.N., Russia and U.S. Wage Quiet War Over Appointments to Advance Broader Agendas

Tit for tat battle weakens the United Nations’ ability to enforce sanctions around the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves from the door of Air Force One upon arrival in Singapore on June 10. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

This Is What North Korea Sanctions Relief Should Look Like

If North Korea agrees to denuclearize, here's how Trump should go about rolling back sanctions.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 24. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

How Far Is Trump Willing to Go to Change Iran’s Behavior?

The Trump Team has shown its commitment to curbing Tehran — but remains stingy with the details.

Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital, on May 22. (That Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

Myanmar’s Atrocities Demand New Sanctions

Rep. Eliot Engel’s sanctions legislation offers the right response to the Myanmar military’s campaign of murder and displacement.

The body of Jamal Affana, 15, is brought through a Rafa alleyway in the Gaza Strip on May 13 after he succumbed to a gunshot wound. Affana was killed by an Israeli sniper while participating in demonstrations.

Don’t Blame Hamas for the Gaza Bloodshed

Israel has a right to defend its borders, but shooting unarmed protesters who haven’t breached its frontier is disproportionate and illegal.

Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, Donald Trump, and other leaders depart after posing for the group photo at the G7  summit on May 26, 2017 in Taormina, Italy.

How Europe Can Block Trump

After Washington exits the Iran deal, U.S. secondary sanctions could harm European companies. EU leaders should retaliate by reviving a tool used successfully in the 1990s.

U.S. President Donald Trump reinstates sanctions on Iran, after announcing his decision to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, at the White House on May 8. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal Will Have Unintended Consequences

Trump's actions may ultimately weaken the strength of sanctions as a tool of U.S. statecraft.

A Capital One bank and Bank of America are seen side bye side near Penn Station in New York on January 8, 2018 in New York. (Bryan R. Smith/AFP/Getty Images)

Do You Know Where Your Russian Oligarchs Are?

Democratic senators ask major banks to review individuals tied to Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to visiting girls during the annual Girls' Day at the Chancellery on April 25, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.  (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

Merkel to Press Trump on Russia Sanctions

Merkel and Macron are focused on European business when pushing back on Russia sanctions. Their concern for the Iran deal is different.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, right, prepare to discuss the Iran nuclear deal in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 20, 2015. (Brian Snyder/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Middle Ground on Iran Deal Sanctions Waivers Is a Myth

I helped negotiate the nuclear deal — and I know what would undo it.

Boris Johnson stands in front of St Basil's Cathedral during a visit to Red Square  on Dec. 22, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. (Stefan Rousseau-Pool/Getty Images)

Britain Has No Clue Why It’s Punishing Russia

Before you sanction Putin, it would help to know what you're after.

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