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Trigger-Happy Leaders Can’t Find Sanctions Off-Switch

Politico

03 Jul 2016

Removing sanctions can be as hard as putting them in place to begin with according to John E. Smith in the Politico article “Trigger-happy leaders can’t find sanctions off-switch.” 

“When we impose sanctions, that takes effect immediately and the businesses have to comply immediately. But when we take them off, it takes businesses time to assess if they can re-engage with that market and at what pace to do so,” he said while serving as Director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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