Impact of United States political sanctions on international collaborations and research in Iran
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    Research Under pressure in Iran from both sides of sanctions and domestic political crisis
    • Ali Tabrizi, Orthopedic Surgeon Urmia University of Medical Sciences

    United States withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 has led to increasing pressure on all members of society (1). Economic sanctions against Iran have not formally targeted health care or access to drugs and ordinary people, but they have indirectly serious impact on health services and consequently on research programs. Economic sanctions resulted in decline in the value of Iran's currency and government faced big budget deficit. Therefore, the cost of research programs and initial equipments for conducting any projects will increase too much. In this case they are unaffordable by institutions (1-3). Based the on Kokabisaghi et al. paper published in BMJ Global Health in 2019, the economic sanctions imposed more problems on Iran’s research and publishing. Also they claimed that academic boycotts violate researchers’ freedom and curtail progress (2). Free exchange of ideas irrespective of creed is needed to optimize global scientific progress (2). But it seems that another factor can indirectly effects on research programs in Iran. Economic sanctions and scientific boycotts are among the most important problems for researchers on Iran. In the meantime importance of domestic political crisis due to economic sanctions has been ignored. This is not mentioned in this study. With decreased national budget and GDP (gross domestic product) per capita, the government was forced to raise prices of energy and oil carriers; as a result, it created a major political c...

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