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Definition: Embargo

An Embargo is a government order that partially or completely restricts commerce or exchange with a specified country. It is usually a consequence of unfavorable political or economic circumstances between nations.

This tactic forces the victim country to act on the underlying issue by creating difficulties for it through isolating the country. In today’s globalized world, an embargo can be a powerful tool for influencing a nation.

For example, USA prevents the exchange of any military goods with Iraq and will restrict anyone else also from exporting to Iraq.


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