September 09, 2020

Trump loves sanctioning foreign countries — but he’s terrible at it

Featuring Edward Fishman

Source: Vox

Journalist Alex Ward

In his four years as president, Donald Trump has responded to nearly every major foreign policy problem with the same tool: sanctions.

Change the Iranian regime’s behavior? Sanctions. Dismantle North Korea’s nuclear arsenal? Sanctions. Depose Venezuela’s dictator? You guessed it: Sanctions.

That indiscriminate wielding of America’s economic might — in a strategy his administration labels “maximum pressure” — is a trademark of Trump’s foreign policy. No president, in the minds of experts I spoke with, has relied so heavily on sanctions to solve intractable problems.

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Authors

  • Edward Fishman

    Adjunct Fellow, Energy, Economics, & Security Program

    Edward Fishman is an Adjunct Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he focuses on the intersection of business, economics, and national security. His r...