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Strategika Issue 49: The Value of Economic Sanctions

Sanctions: The Record And The Rewards

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Josef Joffe in Strategika

Why are sanctions so popular? Because “there is nothing else between words and military action to bring pressure upon a government,” explains Jeremy Greenstock, Britain’s long-term ambassador at the UN. It is bloodless—warfare on the cheap. Nonlethal means are the main attraction for democracies loath to go to war in remote places against states that do not pose an existential threat.

Read the full article in Strategika here.

 

Do Economic Sanctions Work?

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Angelo M. Codevilla in Strategika

Economic strictures are acts of war. Throughout history, the starvation and disease they have caused have killed more people than all other instruments of war. But like all other instruments, their effectiveness depends on the circumstances in which they are used and on the policies of which they are part.

Read the full article in Strategika here.

 

Do Economic Sanctions Work?

Please read a new essay by my colleague from the Military History Working Group, Thomas Donnelly in Strategika

Recently, the United States’ closest European allies, Britain, France, and Germany, proposed “fresh” economic sanctions on Iran as an effort to force Tehran to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the 2015 “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action” meant to delay the Islamic Republic’s development of nuclear weapons.

Read the full article in Strategika here.

 

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About Victor Davis Hanson

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, a professor of Classics Emeritus at California State University, Fresno, and a nationally syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services. He is also the Wayne & Marcia Buske Distinguished Fellow in History, Hillsdale College, where he teaches each fall semester courses in military history and classical culture.

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