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Resolved: On balance, economic sanctions are reducing the threat Russia poses to Western interests.
I don’t understand the reason for this topic. It seems quite outdated. There are more pressing issues which would likely have made for better debates. In any case, let’s see what we can do with this one.
Western Interests – These are the interests of the block of nations known as “Western” countries. These include, but aren’t limited to the U.S., England, France, Spain, etc…
Economic Sanctions – We know what these are. Trade embargos, export blocks, etc… are imposed as restrictions designed to economically starve a country so it doesn’t do bad things or is pressured into not doing bad things.
1. Security – Sanctions inhibit Russia from supplying arms, supporting groups that work against the West, and conducting military action which poses threats to strategic U.S. positions in Europe.
2. Oil – It is actually in west’s interest to keep OPEC the major supplier of oil to the world and force Russia from the market. Economic sanctions prevent Russia from selling, producing, and buying oil to fuel its machine. You can actually base an entire case off of oil related interest arguments.
1. Russia Is Not a Threat – Russia hasn’t been a threat since the Soviet regimes collapsed and the Cold War ended. It is a wounded animal that does not possess the economic or military strength to harm Western interests. Economic sanctions only starve the people.
2. Creation of Terror Cells – When you create a climate of poverty and oppression through economic sanctions, it creates a breeding ground for violent organizations and terrorists. Russia, and former Soviet block states, are recruiting havens for international criminal organizations. Economic sanctions directly lead to this happening.
Hope this helps, good luck!