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Update on Current Tensions Around The Strait of Hormuz

August 1, 2019

Episode Notes:

Earlier in the week, the U.K. government announced that the British Navy would begin escorting British flagged ships in the Strait of Hormuz. Wednesday, the Trump Administration imposed new, targeted sanctions on Iran's Foreign Minister, all as the latest rounds of retaliation amidst U.S. maximum pressure campaign.

Emma Ashford, Research Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute, and co-host of the international security podcast, Power Problems, joins the WarCast to discuss the timeline and the value of the Strait now.

[ 0:17 ] Introduction
[ 0:53 ] Timeline of events
[ 3:24 ] Value of sanctions on Iran's Defense Secretary
[ 5:40 ] Strategic value of the Strait of Hormuz
[ 7:28 ] The plausibility of Iran to close the Strait

Twitter: @EmmaMAshford

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