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Sanctions are actions taken by countries against others for political reasons, either unilaterally or multilaterally.

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Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?

Why weren't any sanctions imposed on India for not signing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons?
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What is the current state of US's dilemma on waiving CAATSA for India?

CAATSA is the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which is a United States federal law that imposed sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia passed by the Senate on July 27, 2017....
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Which goods and sevices can effectively be blocked by international sanctions? [migrated]

Various groups of countries have been imposing economic sanctions on some selected countries for various political reasons (current economic sanctions against Russia by the collective west, US embargo ...
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Has Cloudflare started filtering Russian traffic due to sanctions? [closed]

Today is 29 of march 2024. Some sites using Cloudflare as a security or DNS service became blocked. Can there be political reasons for this blocking? How do I find out the legal grounds for this or ...
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Why did the West impose sanctions on Russia for the death of Navalny, but not on Ukraine for the death of Lira?

The attention that Navalny got from US and EU governments, politicians and mass media was significantly more pronounced, than when Gonzalo Lira died in captivity, in a Ukrainian jail. Considering that ...
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Has the Kim dynasty had significant control over the starvation of their people?

The Kim's are generally portrayed in the US media as ruthless cold blooded dictators who repress their populace. It's widely known that there is widespread lack of food in North Korea. But how much of ...
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Seizing Russian assets [closed]

In the liberal media, one now frequently hears a droning argument that the West should seize Russian assets to further fund the Ukraine war or to provide capital for reconstruction. As well as the ...
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Which countries has the US publicly threatened to sanction if they expel US troops, say, in the past 25 years?

Back in 2020, When Iraq’s parliament voted to expel American troops from the country Sunday, it was an apparent bid by the government to extract the country from an escalating US-Iran proxy war. [...]...
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Why don't countries disrupt food imports to Yemen as a response to attacks in the Red Sea?

Yemen is highly dependent on imported food given that only 2.2% of their land is arable: Imported food constitutes 83% of the daily calories’ intake of Yemenis. While stability of imports is vital to ...
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Is there still more room for more sanctions from the West against Russia?

Is there still more room for more sanctions from the West against Russia? The United States and the European Union have already imposed multiple rounds of sanctions on Russia in response to various ...
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What can the US do to enforce their sanctions and extraterritorial judgment?

The US famously uses acts like FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), or the OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) to indirectly get industrial assets (like Alstom that got bought by GE after a 700 ...
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Is there any meaningful purpose in stopping selling consumer goods to Russia?

So, my newsfeed had an item about "H&M" stopping selling things to Russa, as well as a score of other random retailers (Nike? etc...). I can sort of see the possible argument about ...
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Are international sanctions ever considered against Israel?

In Ireland, the opposition calls for the government to enact sanctions against Israel as it did against Russia, considering that both countries likely committed war crimes. Additionally Israel has ...
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Why did Russia vote to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen?

On both Feb 28, 2022 and Feb 16, 2023 Russia voted to renew the arms embargo and other sanctions on Yemen. Why would they do that when Iran is probably not too pleased, given that e.g. the US 5th ...
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Why is Ukraine not stopping the transit of Russian gas in the context of its demand to boycott Russian gas?

As can be seen in this article from Germany, Zelenskyj calls for a gas boycott from Russia. At the same time, there is the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. So why is Ukraine not stopping that ...
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Have any EU countries (or EU as whole) banned Russian Vodka?

I have recently noticed an increase of Vodka advertising in my country and I remember that there were some discussions within EU about banning some Russian products. According to this article, back ...
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Is there a reason why the U.S. didn't impose the recent financial sanctions on Hamas preemptively before the recent attacks?

https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/jy1816 October 18, 2023 WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on ten key ...
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Why Global North countries collectively hate Russia? [closed]

For me being unfamiliar with western propaganda/popular news agenda etc. it is not clear. It seems to be something everyone already knows and obvious. Just to be clear, by Global North countries I ...
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What is the political justification by China and India for not participating in the sanctions against Russia?

China and India are not participating in the sanctions imposed by the Western world on Russia for the invasion of Ukraine. This has effectively made the sanctions much less effective, compared to what ...
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Does the increase in German exports to Russia's neighbors make up for losses in Russia proper?

DW has this "slide" in one of their YouTube reportages: It shows German exports to Kyrgyzstan increasing by 773% in in Q1 2023, and to a lesser extent a similar pattern happens in Armenia ...
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What has Russia committed to NOT doing with North Korea, trade-wise?

Putin and Kim seem to be on a little bit of a bromance these days. It is speculated that Russia wants to get North Korean ammunition for its "special military operation" in Ukraine. North ...
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What are possible sanctions the U.S. could put against North Korea if they were to provide arms to Russia?

Foreign governments and experts have speculated that Kim will likely supply ammunition to Russia in exchange for receiving advanced weapons or technology from Russia. Milley and the other defense ...
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Can the US government sanction a US citizen?

Imagine John Doe, a US citizen permanently residing in the United States. John Doe engages in questionable but otherwise legal conduct that goes against the current policy of the Department of State. ...
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What makes the way Russia handles its foreign reserve complex?

Last week 45 members of the European Parliament wrote to the leaders of the EU asking for a centralised registry to be created detailing where the CBR funds are held, as well as €19bn worth of frozen ...
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Was any other sovereign wealth fund hit by sanctions in the past?

On February 28, the Biden administration slapped sanctions on the RDIF, a $10 billion sovereign wealth fund, and its CEO, Kirill Dmitriev. The fund was launched in 2011, a time of relative thaw in ...
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Why did the EU and USA really impose sanctions on Zimbabwe?

The EU and USA first imposed economic sanctions against Zimbabwe in 2002. After that these sanctions have been renewed on a regular basis. What was the root cause of these sanctions? What is the ...
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Can the U.S. impose sanctions against any country at any time or are they bound by some kind of rule?

Can the U.S. impose sanctions against any country at any time or are they bound by some kind of rule? I was thinking about the sanctions the U.S. placed against China, and then I was reading some news ...
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Is there a process for certifying that a signatory to Geneva conventions is a bad-faith signatory?

Geneva conventions create a different (greater) set of obligations, by signatory states, towards the other signatory states than they do towards the non-signatory ones. This creates an incentive for ...
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What can the EU do to prevent the circumventions of sanctions against Russia?

The Russian economy appears more resilient than expected and the Russian military retains the capacity to destroy civilian infrastructure and military targets and terrorise the Ukrainian population. ...
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What is Russia's plan to cope with invasion-related economic damage to itself?

Russia has been under sanction since 2014 for the annexation of Crimea. Now, the West imposed more sanctions, and the construction work of the NordStream-2 pipelines has also been suspended. What is ...
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Do the trains of the silk road freight line fall into the scope of the Russian sanctions?

The Silk Road train line is a freight line connecting China and Europe. The service is still operational. But online information does not tell whether the trains still go via the Russian Federation. ...
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What benefits does Israel get from the embargo against Cuba?

What benefits does Israel get from the embargo against Cuba? The United States embargo against Cuba prevents U.S. businesses, and businesses organized under U.S. law or majority-owned by U.S. ...
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How the US (and five others) define "economic coercion" they condemn, and differentiate it from the economic tools they use to pressure countries?

Reuters' June 9, 2023 With eye on China, US and five allies condemn trade-related 'economic coercion' begins: WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) - The United States and five of its allies on Friday ...
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Why did US impose sanctions on Huawei?

I am reading this article which mentions: But having only just become a major player in 5G standards boards, Huawei is now grappling with U.S. sanctions that have all but crippled its smartphone ...
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Which countries are affected by Russia's decree banning oil sales to them?

Vladimir Putin bans Russian oil exports to countries that imposed price cap over Ukraine war President Vladimir Putin has delivered Russia's long-awaited response to a Western price cap, signing off ...
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How can the US deny access to G7 markets?

Source In a bid to further isolate Russia, Washington has warned countries, including the UAE and Turkey, they could lose access to G7 markets if they do business with entities subject to U.S. ...
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How exactly could a TikTok ban be enforced?

Let's say TikTok is banned tomorrow by Congress. How would they be able to actually enforce the ban, assuming TikTok refused to cooperate? They could definitely convince Apple and Google to remove it ...
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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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Does banning oil import from Russia damage its economy in the short term?

Tucker in this video said that sanctions against Russia aren't hurting Putin and its side-effects are just hurting US people by raising gas price. Do US sanctions against Russia really not have any ...
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What possible retaliation could Russia take against Lithuania for enforcing the EU sanctions?

Russia has today threatened Lithuania with retaliation after Lithuania enforced the EU sanctions blocking certain products from transiting Lithuania from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia refers to this ...
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Since the West will no longer allow Russia to raise money by selling sovereign debt, what alternatives does Russia have?

are there any precedents of this ? What is generally the alternative in such cases ? Do other authoritarian countries help you finance debt ?
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To what extent does China need the SWIFT system?

To what extent does China need the SWIFT system? Some commentators have said that the U.S. might be considering banning China from the SWIFT system were they to support Russia with military aid. My ...
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Has there been a cost-benefit analysis of what would happen if the Russian Federation were to be disconnected from the Internet?

A number of the Russian industries have been cut off from being able to engage with the outside world as a result of sanctions imposed in response to Russian Federation's war of aggression against ...
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Is stopping and searching vessels in Asia-Pacific waters to enforce North-Korean sanctions consistent with the US Coast Guard's mandate?

The Reuters news report Exclusive: U.S. prepares high-seas crackdown on North Korea sanctions evaders - sources begins with the sentence: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and key Asian ...
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How could the US Embargo on Cuba be ended? What would that process look like?

There's been a lot of discussion on if the US embargo on Cuba should be ended, but I would like to know: how could it be ended? What legislative process? Would any laws have to be removed to allow ...
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How did Soviet-influenced countries cope with US sanctions during the cold war? [closed]

The USA has been using economic sanctions as a very effective tool. How effectively did it work during the Cold War? How did Soviet-influenced countries cope with US sanctions during the cold war?
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Is the EU Border Guard Agency able to tell Russian passports issued in Ukraine or Georgia from the legitimate ones?

On 8 December 2022, the European Council has adopted a resolution on not accepting Russian travel documents issued in Ukraine and Georgia. I'm wondering if the Frontex (European Border and Coast Guard ...
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Which "critical technologies" does Russia depend upon the United States and its allies for, that "China does not have access to?"

In the recent NBC's Face The Nation interview Top Treasury official says U.S. sanctions would target Putin, Russian economy after the 2 minute mark US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Wally Adeyemo ...
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What will be the practical implications if European Parliament designates Russian Federation a state sponsor of terrorism?

Today (as of the time this question is created) there will be a vote in the European Parliament on this. If the designation is supported, then I wonder what the practical implications will be if any. ...
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Are Internet Companies (Google, twitter, Facebook , ...) affected by sanctions against Iran?

I'm an Iranian and I've been confronted with sites now and then where I can't get my number registered or I won't be allowed to even view the page where my IP address is detected to be from Iran and ...

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