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Sanctions Are the Economic Weapon With a History of Backfiring

  • New book examines origins of policy tool U.S. keeps turning to
  • West hasn’t been good at dialing back sanctions, says author
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Source:  Yale University Press

As it threatens Russia with the toughest sanctions yet in the Ukraine standoff, the U.S. is potentially doubling down on a tool it’s used with growing intensity over the past decade or so.

How did sanctions -- often criticized for hurting ordinary people while failing to budge the target governments, from Cuba to Iraq and Venezuela –- become so central to foreign policy?