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February 6, 2012

Boston Review: Sanctions Don’t Promote Democratic Change

Supporters of US sanctions on Iran assume that there is a positive relationship between broad economic sanctions and democratization. The policymakers responsible for these measures either are ignorant of or are simply ignoring the empirical evidence: broad sanctions–total financial and trade embargoes–do not have a good track record of changing target countries’ policies or of pushing them toward democracy.

 

 

 

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