Jeffrey Sonnenfeld

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Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on April 20. MIKHAIL TERESHCHENKO/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Cynics have been quick to sound off over the supposed inefficacy of  multinational business retreats and global government sanctions in changing the behavior of brutal autocrats such as Russian President Vladimir Putin, pointing to ineffective examples such as Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, Syria, and North Korea. French politician Marine Le Pen recently called for an end to “useless” sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, echoing a Guardian columnist who declared that “Western sanctions against Russia are the most ill-conceived and counterproductive policy in recent international history”. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, too, selectively listed examples of ineffective economic embargoes reaching far back into the 19th century in a recent op-ed.…  Seguir leyendo »