Moving Beyond Sanctions to End the War in Ukraine
by Alfred McCoy
"While the world waits for the other combat boot to drop hard, it’s already worth considering where the West went wrong in its efforts to end this war, while exploring whether anything potentially effective is still available to slow the carnage."
SOURCE: War on the Rocks
Is the West Laissez-Faire About Sanctions?
If economic sanctions become a replacement for military force in international conflict, they also risk becoming a normal part of nationalist economic policy that escalates international rivalry as a feature of the global economy.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Nicholas Mulder: When Sanctions Work – And Don't
The economic historian argues that broad sanctions, like suspending Russian access to PayPal and other internet banking, may alienate the civilians necessary to put political pressure on the Kremlin, while also disrupting energy and food markets in ways that will be difficult to predict.
SOURCE: New Statesman
Sanctions are an Economic Weapon. Targeting Matters
by Nicholas Mulder
The Biden approach shows a reframing of economic sanctions from being a deterrent to being a non-military weapon of war. This has happened before, and history shows that sanctions against an aggressor nation can be expected to fail unless they are paired with aid to Ukraine.
SOURCE: Foreign Policy
Adam Tooze: How Sanctions Work (and Why they Often Don't)
On the "Ones and Tooze" Podcast, Adam Tooze examines economic sanctions against Iran, which have inflicted pain on the population without impacting the country's nuclear program.
SOURCE: Public Seminar
An Empire of Sanctions: A Syllabus from the Historians for Peace and Democracy
Members of the organization Historians for Peace and Democracy present a course dedicated to understanding the origins, ethics, and implications of using economic sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy.
SOURCE: Boston Review
Sanctions Are Inhumane—Now, and Always
by Aslı U. Bâli, Aziz Rana
In a world imperiled by global pandemic, it is long past time to put an end to sanctions—including new ones against Iran—and to reconstruct U.S. foreign policy around international solidarity.
SOURCE: IPS-Inter Press Service
Lift the sanctions on North Korea
by Christine Ahn and Suzy Kim
"Instead of relying on the failed Washington policy of 'strategic patience' it is time for a bold move that will truly bring North Korea into the community of nations, leaving no excuse to delay addressing human rights – sign a peace treaty to end the state of war."
Nelson Mandela, A True Believer in Sanctions
by Jonathan Zimmerman
We're cynical about sanctions today, but we forget that they helped end apartheid.
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