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March 22, 2012

Do Sanctions Support Democratic Change?

Natasha BahramiSome argue that sanctions will lead to regime change and/or change the course of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Others argue that it does nothing but hurt the Iranian people and weaken the indigenous pro-democracy movement. In the latest episode, we chat with Natasha Bahrami, a foreign policy researcher in D.C., about  the track record of broad economic sanctions and their impact on democratization across the world.  Natasha co-wrote a piece with Trita Parsi in the Boston Review entitled, “Blunt Instrument”, explaining through empirical evidence that sanctions in fact don’t bring about democratization.

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