Issue 25, September 2013

Sanctions and the Middle East: the Swiss deviation

The European Union is Switzerland's principal trading partner, and surrounds the country on all sides. As a result, the Swiss risk isolation from the EU and its Member States at their peril. Matthew..

International sanctions are a frequent tool by which the international community seeks to influence foreign policy outcomes in countries or regions which it considers of importance but where foreign powers do not wish to intervene militarily. Yet the effectiveness of sanctions has always been a subject of controversy, because they often achieve little unless they are subscribed to, and enforced, by the entire international community. Divergent geopolitical interests often ensure that this is not the case. Even small nations may have political agendas distinct from the great powers, and the pursuit of those individual agendas may disrupt a sanctions regime....

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