Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Nancy Neiman

Reader 2

Pete Chandrangsu

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The US has imposed extensive economic sanctions on the Iranian regime between 1979 and the present; the US Department of State maintains that these sanctions target bad actors within the Iranian regime and contain exemptions to protect the nation’s humanitarian sector. This study finds that since the imposition of sanctions, the destabilization of Iran’s economy has bled into many facets of life for the ordinary population. Iranian citizens have been subject to risk factors that cause an increased incidence of malignancies. A heightened prevalence of cancer is coupled with extremely poor resource availability due to US legislation which dismissed Iran from the global banking system. Without access to global banking, Iran’s economy and infrastructure suffered, impacting the accessibility of preventative care and treatment options, and causing poor oncological outcomes. This research has important implications for understanding the way American sanctions on the Iranian regime continue to have vastly destabilizing effects which target vulnerable citizens and create insecurities for the future of Iran’s cancer prevention and care.

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