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Sanctions in Search of a Strategy

38 North
June 21, 2017
By Richard Nephew

The Trump administrationís strategy toward North Korea looks strikingly similar to the Obama administrationís strategy over the last few years, particularly with respect to the application of sanctions. That is, tough talk, with a measure of saber-rattling (bomber overflights) and additional sanctions to grant credence to the message. With this, the Trump administration is following a fairly traditional foreign policy template for coercive diplomacy, albeit one that has suffered at times from messaging problems and overall inconsistencies.
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