Zanu-PF’s anti-American rhetoric is not only deployed to win friends abroad. As elections approach, it is also a prominent campaign tactic at home.
A new book argues that sanctions are a bad idea in principle, not very effective in practice, and often have unintended consequences.
Critics have said Australia should impose tougher sanctions on Iranian officials for the regime’s crackdown on protesters. But sanctions alone are not likely to work.
The US and dozens of other nations have punished Russia with round after round of sanctions – yet the Russian economy is expected to grow in 2023.
Russia tried to weaponize energy to keep European nations from opposing its war in Ukraine, but the real pain from Putin’s actions and Western sanctions has been felt far from Europe.
The House Committee’s criminal referrals show that the proceedings are not just about a historical record – they argue that Trump should be held accountable for four criminal charges.
Sanctions are clearly not deterring North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. But alternative strategies have huge risks, too.
As Russians come to terms with the seriousness of the war in Ukraine, the Russian economy is weathering the storm of western sanctions.
Iran has showcased these new weapons, with deadly result, in Yemen and Lebanon.
The impact of oil sanctions on Russia is limited compared to the severe repercussions they have on the global economy and other countries’ abilities to achieve energy security and transition.
Russia has secured gains in the east but Ukraine is pushing back in the south.
New research shows that at least half of Canadians have encountered pro-Kremlin propaganda online and that those who hold left-leaning views are less susceptible to the Kremlin’s disinformation.
Four months since the start of invasion, the European Union has already adopted six sanction packages. Room for manoeuvre is shrinking.
Captured military equipment in Ukraine has revealed the extent to which western tech is used in Russian weapons systems.
Two scholars of corporate do-goodery suggest a hidden driver of corporate decisions to leave Russia is the global trend in which record numbers of workers are quitting their jobs.
While the country’s Central Bank may have managed to offset some of the tougher sanctions, the West’s economic broadside has caused long-term damage to “Fortress Russia”.
Despite the ruble’s recovery, sanctions have actually dealt a punishing blow to the Russian economy. But changing Putin’s mind is another matter.
With evidence mounting of Russian war crimes in Ukraine, what options beyond trade sanctions should New Zealand now consider?
Russian citizens in the west are being targeted in much the same way Germans, Italians, and Japanese were during the second world war.
The West bears part of the blame for Ukraine’s suffering. The least it can do is to rebuild the country, ensure a pathway to EU membership and provide a future guarantee of security.