Monday, April 14, 2008

The End of Containment

Ray Takeyh and I argued in Sunday's Boston Globe why we are going to keep finding it harder to pressure other states to do our bidding.

We noted, "With only a few exceptions - countries almost completely dependent on the United States for trade - economic sanctions against a country will work only if all major economic players, but especially China, support them. If Washington is unwilling or unable to bring Beijing on board, US-driven measures may hurt a country but be insufficient to change its behavior."

We wrote this essay before the latest developments in Tibet had erupted--but I don't think that changes any part of the dilemma we say Washington now finds itself in.

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