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Why US Oil Sanctions on Venezuela Could Be Too Little, Too Late
February 05, 2019
The scale of the humanitarian disaster in Venezuela is almost inconceivable. Despite the world’s largest proven oil reserves, the economy barely functions. People struggle just to survive. Store shelves are nearly empty of food, medicine and other necessities. The few goods available are out o...
Time to Apply a New Sanctions Tool on Venezuela?
June 14, 2017
The controversy surrounding the recent purchase of Venezuelan government bonds by Goldman Sachs is a great reminder of the role that “preemptive contract sanctions” could play in the struggle against odious regimes like that of Nicolas Maduro. In 2010, CGD released a worki...
Norms vs. Laws: What About Syria?
September 06, 2013
International norms matter. Citizens of the more than 80 nations where polls have been conducted do, think, and act taking into account global realities and norms. Most could be called “global citizens”, not in opposition to, but along with their self-identity as citizens of their own co...
Secretary Kerry: Here’s How to Keep Your Promise to Syria
February 27, 2013
During his first overseas trip as the United States’ top diplomat, and in advance of this week’s Friends of Syria meeting in Rome, Secretary of State John Kerry spoke forcefully in response to concerns from the Syrian Opposition Coalition that the United States is not providing sufficient support to...
Two More Reasons for Preemptive Contract Sanctions in Syria
November 27, 2012
With relentlessly bad news out of Syria, the search continues for what the world can do to put pressure on Assad’s regime and to lay the groundwork for a future, legitimate Syrian government. The case for preemptive contract sanctions is becoming ever more compelling. Under this approach, the Unite...
Refinancing for Burma Would Not Be a First for World Bank; Could Be for ADB
November 17, 2012