No, U.S. Sanctions Are Not the Reason for Iran’s Coronavirus Crisis

March 20 2020

Due to the ayatollahs’ gross mismanagement, COVID-19 has taken a particularly harsh toll on the Islamic Republic. Tehran’s propagandists, however, have claimed that U.S. sanctions have hamstrung the country’s ability to fight the disease and to obtain the necessary medical supplies for the task—an argument echoed in the American media and by former Obama-administration officials. But this is nonsense, write David Adesnik and Saeed Ghasseminejad:

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The U.S. Has Managed to Force a Stalemate in the Syrian Civil War, at Least for Now

In a little remarked-upon statement in May, James Jeffrey, the State Department’s envoy for Syria policy, said that his goal was to turn the war-torn country into “a quagmire for the Russians.” By using economic leverage, this policy has achieved modest success, writes Jonathan Spyer:

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More about: Bashar al-Assad, Russia, Syrian civil war, U.S. Foreign policy