Imposing sanctions on terrorist groups has revealed pathologies on both sides of the Atlantic. In the US, as David Phillips and Kelly Berkell recently noted, both politics and bureaucratic inertia make lists too “sticky,” hindering the removal of groups when circumstances change. Conversely, in the EU, inertia and the rigid approach of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) hinder needed efforts to impose sanctions and make them stick.
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Removing the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) would create conditions for greater security cooperation between the United States and the PKK in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In exchange for delisting, the PKK could be required to reiterate its rejection of ISIS, pledge to further support the campaign to degrade and destroy the terror group, and officially renounce violence aimed at achieving political objectives.
Editor's Note: This article originally appears on Order from Chaos.
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