The object of this paper is to provide a critical analysis of economic sanctions as weapons which tend to cause violence without effectively providing national defense or regime change. First, by describing the use of sanctions as a tactic of nonviolence and through a brief description of their historical use, it may be determined that sanctions are not as harmless as it may seem. Furthermore, this paper provides greater detail of two important instances of sanctions in U.S. foreign policy involving Iran and Cuba. Finally, through a synthesis of more modern research on the subject, the misperception of effective economic sanctions is put into better focus with an ending discussion on possible reforms to make this foreign policy tool less dangerous and more effective.
"The Fallacy of Nonviolent Economic Sanctions."
The Downtown Review.
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