Magazine October 4, 2010, Issue

Beyond Sanctions

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks during a news conference in New York, September 24, 2010. (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
Multiple lines of pressure must be brought to bear on Iran

The U.S.-led financial-sanctions campaign currently under way against Iran is biting, but it isn’t enough. To change the Iranian regime’s nuclear calculus, the administration and the international community need to act urgently to pressure Tehran along multiple lines.

To be sure, the latest escalation of sanctions and financial isolation is hurting the regime. Legitimate banks, insurance and shipping companies, and energy firms are abandoning business with Iran for fear of sanctions and risk to their reputations. The most recent round of sanctions — those set in motion by the United States along with the European Union’s most severe measures against Iran

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