Quick Take – Sanctions!

February 23, 2022
Sanctions

I woke up this morning thinking about sanctions. You're going to hear repeatedly about sanctions in this news cycle (and beyond!)

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But no one is really slowing down to explain what sanctions are, why they matter, and why they can be controversial.

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Sanctions are a penalty, usually a financial penalty, inflicted on a country (or a person/company/entity) to coerce a change in behavior. In short, America is levying sanctions on Russia, attempting to penalize Russia, because we want a change in behavior.

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In my humble opinion, foreign policy conversations often have interesting parallels to parenting. So I used a few parenting examples here to explain how sanctions may function and why they may have varying degrees of success.

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Just note – at one point in the video – when I say a "person" is using sanctions … I am referring to a country. So for example, Pres. Biden isn't sanctioning Russia (though you may hear that from time to time on the news), the President is announcing America's sanctions on Russia.

by Jenna Lee,

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