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When Don't Sanctions Work?

Morten Pedersen, a scholar on Burma, offers a thoughtful critique of economic and aid sanctions against Burma over at Guernica. He points out that sanctions worked in South Africa because white South Africans were hurt and “shamed” by the sanctions imposed by “their peer group in Europe.” Burma’s situation is different: “The Burmese generals have no affinity at all with the people who are sanctioning them. Culturally, there’s no link whatsoever.” [%comments]