“‘Something that’s really interesting is how much has not changed,’ said Elizabeth Rosenberg, director of the energy program at the Center for a New American Security and a former senior sanctions adviser at the Department of the Treasury. ‘In a collapsed oil market there’s every additional opportunity for sanctions hawks to layer it on. In fact, it’s in the interest of U.S. producers who are grasping for a lifeline…’

“‘I would like to think that the basis for sanctions is a perceived national security threat because that’s what the law dictates, not alliance politics or industrial policy,’ Rosenberg said. ‘But these are strange times … and many people’s good judgement may be impaired by the avalanche of very bad news about human health and economic prospects…'”

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