March 02, 2021

Biden’s Russia, Saudi Sanctions Spark Grumblings of Weakness

Featuring John Hughes

Source: Bloomberg

Journalist Nick Wadhams

Twice in the last week, the U.S. announced new sanctions against Russia and Saudi Arabia over what it called human rights abuses. Twice, critics said President Joe Biden pulled his punches.

Financial markets and rights groups were unimpressed by Biden’s move Tuesday to sanction senior Russian law enforcement officials over the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexey Navalny. That followed similar criticism when Biden declined to target Saudi Arabia’s crown prince after releasing an intelligence report accusing him of approving the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Authors

  • John Hughes

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Energy, Economics, & Security Program

    John Hughes is an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the Energy, Economics, and Security program at the Center for a New American Security. He is also a Senior Vice President at Albrigh...