What Are Sanctions, And Do They Work?

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On December 29, 2016, the U.S. imposed sanctions against Russia for its interference in the 2016 elections. This wasn't the first time sanctions had been imposed—the same thing happened in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine. But let's back up—what exactly are sanctions, and do they even make a difference? Explore this in the videos below.


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What Are Economic Sanctions?

Break it down to the basics.

Do Sanctions Against Russia and Iran Work?

Now that you know the definition, find out how effective they are.

U.S. Foreign Policy In Russia

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