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The Global Citizen by Michael Sliwinski - 1y ago

Recently, the Trump Administration announced increased sanctions on travel to Cuba.  However, Cuba is not the only country to have sanctions leveled against it by the United States.  Other countries in the same situation include: Syria, Iran, Russia and North Korea to name just a few.[1]  Sanctions offer the US and other like-minded countries and economic unions, such as the EU, a way to alter another country or group’s way of operating that stops short of war while maintaining some bite.  The United States, particularly after 9/11, has been the biggest proponent and user of sanctions in the world.  The practice has become so ubiquitous in fact that even local governments have leveled sanctions. 

Are all these sanctions actually doing anything though?  Some experts would say yes and point to specific examples including preventing banks from hiding money for the North Korean regime or to the downfall of Charles Taylor in Liberia.[2]  (Some people would even argue that all sanctions are effective compared to complete inaction, although that seems like an especially weak argument.)  Despite these sentiments however, in many if not most other instances, sanctions seem to have had little impact. 

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