How the West Can Exploit Russia's "Dutch Disease" and End the War in Ukraine

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Russia's reliance on its oil and gas industry has given it a case of "Dutch disease": a combination of labor shifts and exchange rate increases have gutted its manufacturing sector. Yet the West has not yet exploited Russia's vulnerability. This video explains the problem in greater depth and what's stopping the West from puting maximum pressure on Russia.

0:00 Russia's Economic Vulnerability
0:52 What Is Dutch Disease?
1:42 Russia's Dutch Disease
3:23 How the House of Cards Falls Apart
4:17 How the West Has Attacked Russia Thus Far
6:49 Russia's Budget Problem
8:06 How the West Could Do More
10:17 How Iran Could Put Pressure on Russia

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