Author: Ali Fathollah-Nejad

Ali Fatollah-Nejad is a German-Iranian political scientist educated at universities in Germany, France and the Netherlands. Currently, he is finalizing his Ph.D. thesis at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. In 2010, he was a Visiting Lecturer in Globalization and Development in the Middle East at the University of Westminster in London. Over the last few years, his research focused on the social, (geo-)economic and (geo-)political effects of the sanctions regime on Iran, the findings of which he has published in German, English and French.

Long Live the Tyrant!

The Myth of Benign Sanctions

They aim to bring recalcitrant tyrants to their senses, to put an end to their external as well as internal malefaction. With surgical precision, they pull the noose ever closer around the tyrant’s neck, so that in hopeless despair he is compelled to behave reasonably in foreign affairs while, enfeebled, he lifts his bloodied hands from the throat of the oppressed people. It is a morally justified decapitation of evil, the salutary removal of a swelling tumor.