Questions tagged [sanctions]

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

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Why didn't Western countries boycott the 2018 World Cup?

According to this article Russian government believes that 2018 World Cup will help Russian economy on the medium term: a survey by the Russian government last week. It said the World Cup's boost ...
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Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same?

Why is the USA able to damage the Russian economy by imposing sanctions but Russia can't do the same? For example see U.S. tightens sanctions on Russia over Crimea, New US sanctions on Russia inflame ...
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Does Congress not have to approve the US withdrawal from the Iran deal?

How is Trump able to withdraw from the Iran deal without Congressional approval?
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Why haven't the sanctions relief improved Iranians living conditions?

While most of the world was celebrating the New Year, Iranian protests continued in the night 2017-2018: "In the events of last night, unfortunately a total of about 10 people were killed in ...
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On what principle did UK seize an Iranian oil tanker? Is there no right of passage for third countries?

In July 2019, the United Kingdom seized an oil tanker carrying oil from Iran to Syria. Reportedly, this is to enforce EU sanctions against Syria. But neither Iran nor Syria are members of the EU, so ...
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How exactly are further sanctions meant to prevent North Korea from continuing their nuclear program?

I understand that sanctions in general work in a variety of ways, such as preventing new technologies from being developed, encouraging unrest among the populace, etc. However, it appears to me that ...
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Why doesn't the EU use its economic power to deal with Turkey's demands?

Despite Turkey having a (in comparison) weak economy, the European Union seems incapable of putting them into their place. As far as I can tell, there is no reason to fear a military conflict (NATO), ...
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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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How can Germany increase investments in Russia while EU economic sanctions against Russia are still in place?

According to Wikipedia EU economical sanctions against Russia are still in place: The sanctions by the European Union and United States continue to be in effect as of May 2019. In July 2018, the ...
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Cost of oil sanctions to world's consumers

Crude oil prices could sink by as much as $30 a barrel if China decides to buy Iranian crude oil in retaliation to the latest U.S. tariff measures, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. CNBC ...
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Can EU triggering of article 7 eventually lead to financial loss (EU funds) for the targeted country?

Recently, European Commission has triggered article 7 against Poland: The European Commission, the guardian of EU law, said earlier Wednesday it was triggering the so-called Article 7 procedure ...
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What exactly is the purpose of the Non-Proliferation Treaty when nuclear weapons can be substituted with conventional explosives?

With the destructive power of nuclear weapons, it's understandable the concerted effort by many world bodies to vigorously regulate and control the ownership of nuclear weapons. The NPT is one of such ...
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Why hasn't the UK sanctioned Hong Kong officials, like the USA?

On August 7, 2020, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned 11 individuals e.g. Chief Executive Carrie Lam, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu, Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng and ...
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Do extra-territorial laws violate some basic principle of democracy?

The US Congress has recently passed a law penalizing foreign companies and individuals in Europe for working on a gas-pipeline from Russia to Germany. This law affects non-US citizens in Europe and ...
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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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What has been the result (so far) of the new US sanctions on Iran?

About 14 months ago, President Trump reimposed sanctions on Iran. As I remember, one of goals of the sanctions was to reduce Iran's influence in the Middle East by reducing its financial resources. ...
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What prevents third parties from bypassing an economic sanction?

What measures do governments take to prevent foreign companies from acting as middle men to bypass their trade embargoes/sanctions? Example: Let's say the US makes it illegal to sell cell phones to ...
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Communicating the Nord Stream 2 sanctions

The US has moved to sanction companies involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which transports gas directly from Russia to Germany. At a glance over German and European news, the US public ...
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How does America prevent deals in dollars between the third parties?

Say, India wants to buy weapons from Russia, Russia is under American sanctions, and America doesn't want this deal to happen so it says the transaction, as long as it's in dollars, won't be ...
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Legality of UN sanctions against North Korea

From a Guardian article: "North Korea is banned from nuclear tests .... under UN sanctions dating 2006 and most recently ..." What is the exact relation between UN and North Korea ? Where comes the ...
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What is the purpose of the North Korea sanctions?

The US and others are sanctioning North Korea economically due to their nuclear advancements. But such sanctions hurt the people and country as a whole. Less jobs, more poverty, reduced standard of ...
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US sanctions and foreign companies after the Iran deal

How does the United States government sanction foreign companies for doing business with Iran after President Donald Trump imposed sanctions? I.e. if my company (not in the US) does business with ...
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Sanctions on countries with legal but cruel punishments

I'm not aware of any sanction imposed on countries for legal but barbaric punishments, such as limb amputation in Saudi Arabia, or caning in Malaysia. By "barbaric punishment" I mean what most people ...
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Is Turkey busting the US (oil) sanctions on Iran?

What is known about the extent of Turkey's compliance with US sanctions on Iran? I've read some conflicting reports. One from May said that Turkey completely stopped buying Iranian oil, obeying US ...
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Why are some airlines canceling their flights to Iran after the US sanctions and others do not?

After the recent US sanctions against Iran, some major European airlines (Air France / KLM, British Airways) have stopped their scheduled flights to Iran. However, other major airlines (Lufthansa, ...
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What happens if a country redefines itself?

Consider the following possible scenarios for a country A: The legislature decides to change the name to B After a successful revolution or coup d'état, a new country is established having the same ...
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What action could the UK actually take against Russia in light of the Salisbury attack?

Unsurprisingly to many, the UK government has concluded that it's highly likely Russia was behind the nerve agent attack that left two former Russian spies in a critical condition. She [Theresa May]...
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Has the US fined any European companies for sanctions-busting since Trump took power?

In 2014 the US imposed the largest fine until then for "sanctions busting" on BNP Paribas in the amount of $9 billion for circumventing sanctions on Sudan, Iran and Cuba. Have other European ...
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Do sanctions really serve their purpose?

Does economic sanctions on a country serve any purpose at all other than make the ordinary citizens suffer? Most of the times sanctions are placed on a country which is either not democratic or less ...
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Russian sanctions under Trump

NBC just announced President Trump was imposing additional sanctions upon Russia for the Skirpal poisoning incident in the UK. These come on top of sanction increases in April, 2018 Senior Trump ...
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Is there a name for sanctioned populations turning against their own governments rather than turning against the sanctioning power?

For a long time I have been wondering whether there is a specific concept given to the phenomenon that occurs when a fraction of local populations who are at the receiving end of sanctions or any ...
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Why haven't the embargos against Cuba and Venezuela worked?

Cuba is under a US-sanction from 1958. Why hasn't this sanction been able to do much damage to Cuba's communist regime? What about Venezuela?
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Can the EU maintain financial channels and Oil trade with Iran like they claim in their statement on reimposition of US sanctions on the country?

The US has announced fully enforcing sanctions on Iran, starting from Tuesday this week. The EU issued their statement on that, stating that they regret the US decision but the most curious part is: ...
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What are effective countermeasures for the EU against US sanctions?

There are US sanctions that have a negative impact on political and economic interests of the EU, e.g., Iran, Nord stream. Many comments on German news criticize the EU for not retaliating strongly ...
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Has the Trump administration enforced sanctions related to the Skripal poisonings?

This question is sort of a follow up to Russian sanctions under Trump ; in short, have Russian sanctions related to the Skripal poisonings actually been implemented/enforced? Background on this ...
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Why did the US dispossess an Iranian ship carrying natural gas to Venezuela?

I prefer the terms "filch" or "dispossess", not "seize", because: [a] "senior U.S. official told The Associated Press that no military force was used in the ...
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What effect will Euro purchases of Iranian crude by Europe have on US foreign policy?

According to articles like this there seems to be a move towards Europe saving billion dollar deals with Iran by switching to Euro for crude purchases. Apparently to avoid dollar sanctions on Iran ...
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Can the UK afford to extend sanctions to financial ones as a response to latest ex-spy's murder?

Britain expelled 23 Russian diplomats over ex-spy’s poisoning. Most probably, this will be followed by a symmetric action from the Russian side. Assuming that the UK considers issuing more consistent ...
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What are the potential negative outcomes of US strategy against Iran? [closed]

The current US administration has a clear strategy with respect to Iran: maximum economic sanctions in lieu of the previous nuclear deal. But, what are the potential negative outcomes of this policy ...
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Why US wants India and other countries to stop oil imports from Iran?

Why does US wants other countries to stop oil imports or else face sanctions? As per news, "Without question, they should be reduced. That's what we've been telling them in our bilateral ...
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How much of an effect does US withdrawal from the Iran deal actually have?

The US is just one nation -- what effect will US withdrawal have on Iran, assuming that other countries stick to the deal and impose no sanctions?
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Does the World Health Organization have the power to impose sanctions?

In the last couple of days, WHO officials have criticised the UK government's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic, describing the government's reliance on developing herd-immunity amongst the British ...
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On what basis can the US push for sanctions of Iran's missile activities at the UN?

On 7 March 2019, Acting U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, in a letter to Secretary-General António Guterres urged the United Nations to put new sanctions on Iran for its new ...
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Tax Havens and actions against them

There are so many tax havens across the world. And tax evasion is a serious issue as the working class are forced to pay taxes but the rich escape. International organizations like UN have the power ...
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Treasury sanctions against Russia - authorized? And how effective?

It's my understanding that the new sanctions put out by the Treasury today are based on the sanctions that Congress passed last year. My question is, does President Trump have to sign or otherwise ...
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Are Washington's threats over Nord Stream 2 pipeline against WTO rules?

I heard that the U.S. is considering imposing sanctions against Germany if it proceeds to build the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and import gas from Russia, but I was wondering if such trade restrictions ...
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How to interpret 'economic zones'?

This was an exam question conducted in Feb 2019: write an Essay on "New war fronts lie in economic zones." Since the question seemed to be open ended, to me at least, I would like to know what ...
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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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Does Iran have any trade deals with China and if it does, can they protect Iran's economy from economic sanctions?

I read about how Iran has been looking to China for trade in response to sanctions from the United States and the West and how Iran already trades with China using oil. However, what I want to know is ...
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Why are economic sanctions allowed under WTO rules?

Russia is currently being sanctioned by numerous Western countries for occupying Crimea and invading Donbass. However both Russia and the Western countries are members of the World Trade Organization (...