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Sanctions are Strategically Irrelevant

February 13, 2013 1 minute Read by Bernard L. Weinstein

Bernard Weinstein, National Journal Because of sluggish global demand and ample supplies of crude oil on the world market, the Iranian sanctions have become an economic and political non-event, except in Iran itself. Though several months ago talk was rife about America dipping into the strategic petroleum reserve to restrain rising prices, this has not proved necessary in view of the dramatic 30 percent decline since early spring. In fact, the United States has purchased very little oil from Iran in recent decades, though in today’s fungible global market it’s often difficult to ascertain the country of origin for a particular shipment of crude. For that matter, petroleum imports from the entire Middle East have declined by 40 percent since 2000 and, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, may be close to zero by 2020. Read More


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Bernard L. Weinstein
Bernard L. Weinstein

Bernard L. Weinstein is Associate Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Business Economics in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He has taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the State University of New York, the University of Texas at Dallas, and the University of North Texas. He has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and articles on the subjects of economic development, energy security, public policy, and taxation. His work has appeared in professional journals as well as the popular press. He earned an A.B. degree from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.

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