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Sanctions: What Everyone Needs To Know®
Sanctions: What Everyone Needs To Know®
  • Explains sanctions comprehensively and in accessible question-and-answer format
  • Provides a broad overview of sanctions in international politics today, drawing from cases around the world
  • Explains what works and what doesn't, which will be highly useful to students of the subject, practitioners, and policymakers
A concise, authoritative overview of a little-understood yet extremely important phenomenon in world politics: the use of economic sanctions by one country to punish another.
It's hard to browse the news without seeing reports of yet another imposition of sanctions by one country on another. The United States has sanctions against more than 30 countries. Russia has repeatedly imposed sanctions against former Soviet republics. China has developed its own approach, including targeting private entities such as the NBA. And it's not just major powers: Japan and South Korea have sanctioned each other over WWII and colonial legacies; Saudi Arabia against Qatar because of differences over Iran; and France, Germany, and Norway against Brazil over the Amazon forest and climate change. In Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know®, Bruce Jentleson--one of America's leading scholars on the subject--answers the fundamental questions about sanctions today: Why are they used so much? What are their varieties? What are the key factors affecting their success? Why have they become the tool of first resort for states engaged in international conflict? Jentleson demonstrates that examining sanctions is key to understanding international relations and explains how and why they will likely continue to bear on global politics.

Introduction: Puzzles Posed for IR Theory and Foreign Policy Strategy

Part One: Scholarly Debates and Challenges
Chapter 1: Economic Sanctions: What, Who, Why and How
Chapter 2: Sanctions Efficacy? Principal Propositions
Chapter 3: Methodological Dilemmas

Part Two: Major Sanctions Policy Cases
Chapter 4: Historical Perspective: Lessons from Past Sanctions Cases
Chapter 5: United States: Domestic Politics, Foreign Policy Objectives and Other Key Factors
Chapter 6: China: Formal and Informal Sanctions
Chapter 7: Soviet Union/Russia: Energy Pipelines and Other Sanctions
Chapter 8: United Nations: Issues for Multilateral Sanctions
Chapter 9: Sanctions by Non-Major Powers: Similarities and Differences

Conclusion: Theorizing and Strategizing: Contributions of Policy Relevant Scholarship

About the author: 
Bruce W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University, as well as a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He received the 2018 American Political Science Association (APSA) International Security Section Joseph J. Kruzel Award for Distinguished Public Service. He has served in a number of US foreign policy positions, including as Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-11). He is Co-Director of the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy relevance among academics. His other books include The PeacemakersAmerican Foreign Policy, The End of Arrogance, and Pipeline Politics.

"I'm often told how vital and effective sanctions are. Then I trip across confident assertions that sanctions seldom accomplish what they're supposed to. So I'm thankful that experts like my Duke University colleague Bruce Jentleson are around to resolve my confusion and explain it all, as he does in his new book." -- Frank Bruni , The New York Times
"In this deeply researched and accessible book, Bruce Jentleson combines broad historical knowledge and deep analytical insights to help us understand how, when, and why the world's major powers and leading international organizations are able to use economic sanctions successfully to get what they want in world affairs-and when they aren't." -- James Goldgeier, Professor of International Relations, American University
"In a moment when sanctions dominate the headlines, Jentleson explore the questions everyone has - how and when do these crucial policy tools work. Complementing a review of the scholarly literature with in-depth case studies, this approachable book provides meaningful insight to anyone curious about the effectiveness of sanctions and how these complex policy tools can be used to shape world politics." -- Susan Hannah Allen, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Mississippi

Product details

ISBN : 9780197530320

Bruce W. Jentleson
256 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Sep 2022
What Everyone Needs to Know
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Sanctions: What Everyone Needs To Know®

Sanctions: What Everyone Needs To Know®

Sanctions: What Everyone Needs To Know®