What Justice for Economic Sanctions?

  • Ariel Colonomos
Part of the The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy book series (SPIRP)


Post-Cold War international relations bear the mark—some might say the stigmata—of economic sanctions. From the outset, these measures appear in a favorable light, since they are perceived as a sensible alternative to war. The reason for this implicit consensus is simple: depriving people of trade seems more humane than dropping bombs. It is a positive move to outlaw the deviant from the comity of nations, rather than commit an act of aggression; it is a virtuous act, which reinforces international law. Idealism here provides the proof that its voice is enforceable in law.


International Relation Security Council Target Country Economic Sanction American Foreign Policy 
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