The United States has long depended on sanctions and military force to deal with countries whose behavior threatens U.S. interests or offends American values. Yet recent developments suggest that these punitive policies are being reevaluated. President Clinton has eased numerous long-standing sanctions on North Korea. Iranian pistachio growers, caviar cultivators, and carpet makers have gained access to American markets. Congress is set to allow exports of food and medicine to Cuba after almost 40 years of a comprehensive trade embargo.
Specialists at this press briefing will address these policy changes and consider the following questions:
- What is the significance of the change in rhetoric from “rogue” regimes to “states of concern”?
- What are the prospects for engaging states formerly known as rogues and what obstacles are likely to frustrate such policies?
- What lessons can be drawn from U.S. efforts to engage North Korea?
- Is it time to revise U.S. policy toward Cuba? Iran? Libya?
Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University; Former special advisor to President Clinton and Secretary of State for Cuba.
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