Viewpoint  |  16 February 2012

Iran Sanctions: Right Intent, Wrong Approach

By Friedbert Pflüger

While the oil boycott the US and EU have instituted against Iran is understandable, in view of the repulsive nature of the Iranian regime, it will end up hurting the West rather than the rulers in Tehran, argues Friedbert Pflüger, Director of the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS) at King’s College London. According to Pflüger, the West should deal with Iran the way it dealt with the Soviet Union during the Cold War: with a policy of containment and cooperation, particularly in the energy sector. "While the dangers and malicious character of the ruling regime should not be watered down, stronger economic cooperation, like for instance the 'gas for pipes' deal in 1970 between Germany and Russia, should be pursued."

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