What gives the USA the authority to unilaterally impose sanctions on other countries? Couldn’t Europe, Russia, China etc just ignore the sanctions?

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What gives the USA the authority to unilaterally impose sanctions on other countries? Couldn’t Europe, Russia, China etc just ignore the sanctions?

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Yes but the USA’s position as a major economy with a ton of businesses make unilateral sanctions effective as well.

If you’re a despot who is invested in Apple and likes to vacation in Miami then sanctions on you is gonna hurt even if you can still go to Nice and invest in Russian oil.

Yes they can ignore the sanction is the USA do it on it’s own. That said, the US is the largest economy and losing them because of their own sanction is pretty terrible for a lot of economy. But for most case the US ask other country to impose sanction as well, which make it more powerful.

Sanctions only apply too trade between sanctioning and sanctioned countries, the US imposing sanctions doesn’t inherently affect anything about the trade between other nations and the target. There is no authority that allows them to do leverage sanctions or get others onboard with imposing their own, any country can just do sanctions against anyone for whatever reason they want.

But the US is a pretty big deal when it comes to global trade and finance, a big enough deal that if say the US *also* levied sanctions on anyone who traded with the target country a lot of those secondary countries would want too comply. They could just ignore them and a lot of the other large economies have to varying degrees, but its still a strong disincentive.

The US has unilateral authority to enforce laws against businesses in the US. Sanctions make it illegal for any US company to trade with the sanctioned parties, or do business with anyone who does.

Other countries are free to do as they will, but the US is the center of global commerce and finance. For example, if a Chinese company wants to trade with Iran, they lose access to US banks. Access to US banking is more valuable to most companies than anything a country like Iran or North Korea could ever give them.

Power. In geopolitics, ideals mean nothing. Might makes right.

The US Navy is vastly more powerful than those of the rest of the planet *combined*.

The US Economy is the largest and most efficient.