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Iranian Sanctions: Third Way Folly

When it comes to stopping Iran's nuclear programme, the west has got it all wrong

By Matthew Hulbert   April 2012

The west is scrambling for energy resources. Above, a view from Rotterdam port. Photo: Clingendael International Energy Programme

The whole purpose of Iranian sanctions was to try and shift Tehran away from nuclear enrichment by applying intense economic pressures. We now find ourselves in a hydrocarbon crisis of our own making. In an attempt to prove the west could dig deeper than the theocratic regime in Tehran, sanctions were put in place to keep Persian oil away from international markets. The resulting oil price rises were considered “frivolous trivia” compared to the overriding political priority—stopping Iran going nuclear.

Alas, this…

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