Gary Cameron / Reuters - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confers with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew during testimony on the Iran nuclear deal before the Senate Armed Services Committee on July 29, 2015.

Blog Post | Debating the Iran Deal

Un-sanctioning Iran: What the nuclear deal means for the future of sanctions

August 3, 2015, Suzanne Maloney

The Iranian nuclear negotiations have been hailed as a victory for the use of economic sanctions. Ultimately, however, the final deal concluded last month suggests a more ambivalent bottom line. Suzanne Maloney argues that the disparity between the agreement’s sweeping sanctions relief and the more parsimonious scope of its constraints on Tehran’s nuclear activities underscores the limitations to the use of sanctions as leverage in the negotiations themselves.

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