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A Strategic Understanding of UN Economic Sanctions

International Relations, Law and Development, 1st Edition

By Golnoosh Hakimdavar


228 pages

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Economic Sanctions are increasingly used as a legal, non-military technique of combating abusers of international peace. However it remains unclear how the success or failure of these sanctions is measured. This book examines the seldom-explored United Nations’ economic sanctions deliberation process and exposes systematic problems in the measurement of the success or failure of these sanctions. Centering on the key concepts of "peace and security," the author brings the reader’s attention to the discrepancies that exist in the process of decision-making, implementation, and evaluation of UN imposed economic sanctions. She engages international law and development methods to provide proof for the lack of consensus in measures of success and failure, which in turn suggests that sanction implementation on a uniform domestic front are unattainable. This thorough analysis concludes with suggestions for improving the sanctions process, only to clear the path for negating them as a whole and suggest alternative non-coercive measures for mitigating conflict situations and threats to peace and security.


"A Strategic Understanding of UN Economic Sanctions takes aid from multiple disciplines to offer a novel assessment of a form of international coercion whose actual harms are often overshadowed by its assumed potential benefits. This study steps out of the noisy debates against or in favor of economic sanctions as an effective tool to punish or edify the deviator and invites a reconsideration of the fundamental premises of such debates. Success or failure of what is often only one step behind military confrontation, the author suggests, are multi-faceted political phenomena that cannot be well captured through parsimonious ideas of punishment or correction."

—Hengameh Saberi, York University

"This book is an insightful and lucid analysis and evaluation of the role of sanctions in international politics. This is an important read and essential resource for scholars and policy makers interested in the effectiveness of sanctions as a policy tool to bring about change in the behavior of states."

—Muna Ndulo, Cornell University

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. UN / Unilateral Sanctions Regimes 3. The UN Security Council and Protection of Peace 4. Implementation: Strength of Sanctions and Domestic Policy 5. Implementation: From Theory to Practice 6. Measures of Success / Failure 7. Policy Recommendations 8. Conclusion

About the Author

Golnoosh Hakimdavar holds a Ph.D. from the UniversitaÌ degli Studi di To- rino, Faculty of Law, Italy, has completed her LL.M. at Cornell Law School and her MBA from Chapman University. Aside from industry experience she has held a number of joint academic appointments, including as visiting scholar at Cornell Law School. Her research focuses on international law and development.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in International Relations and Global Politics

International relations is a rapidly changing area of research, reacting to and anticipating an ever more integrated and globalised world. This series aims to publish the best new work in the field of international relations, and of politics more generally. Books in the series challenge existing empirical and normative theories, and advance new paradigms as well as presenting significant new research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General
LAW / International
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Treaties