27 January, 2021

Kerbside Wisdom

Two influential think-tanks urge rollback of sanctions on India

Kerbside Wisdom

THE BJP government may still have the last laugh over its decision to go nuclear, if a new study by two of the US' most prestigious and influential think-tanks is any indication. The study has effectively warned that the broad economic sanctions "for an indefinite period" are "almost certain" to make the promotion of US interests in the subcontinent difficult, especially since the country has important interests in India.

"Congress, before it adjourns, should provide the president with broad waiver authority so that sanctions and incentives can be used to support US diplomacy rather than thwart it," said Richard N. Hass, director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution, the prestigious Washington DC-based think-tank. Hass wrote the outlines of the new report.

In an interview with Outlook, Hass, who worked in the Bush White House national security council, said: "It's time for the Clinton administration and Congress to dispense with this illusory policy of ineffective sanctions...



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