Life under sanctions
Life under sanctionsWe examine the impact sanctions have had on Iranians.
Iran has been hard-hit by international sanctions levied against the country by the UN, EU, and numerous countries. Iran’s currency dropped 10 per cent after the EU enacted a ban on oil imports earlier in 2012 and US sanctions have cost the country up to $60 billion in lost energy investments.
The sanctions aim to deter Iran from pursuing its nuclear programme, but four rounds of failed nuclear talks have not resulted in compromise. So how effective are sanctions as foreign policy tools? And who is paying the price: the Iranian people or the government?
In this episode of The Stream, we speak to Trita Parsi (@tparsi), president of National Iranian American Council, Ilan Berman (@ilanberman), vice president of American Foreign Policy Council, and Sussan Tahmasebi, co-founder of International Civil Society Action Network.
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