Can New Sanctions Strategy for Venezuela and Iran Be Effective?

Author: kroc.nd.edu

George A. Lopez, Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, was interviewed by WBEZ Chicago in the story "Can New Sanctions Strategy for Venezuela and Iran Be Effective?"

The United States often considers economic sanctions preferable to outright military conflict when engaging with opposing nations, and the practice itself dates back to relations between ancient Greek city-states. But with the U.S. imposing stricter sanctions on Venezuela, after years of imposing restrictions on the country, can sanctions still be an effective tool? With U.S. diplomats strong-arming EU companies to enforce sanctions on Iran, can the pressure even be self-defeating?