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What Everyone Needs to Know®

Bruce W. Jentleson

08 December 2022

ISBN: 9780197530320

256 pages

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What Everyone Needs To Know®

Price: £12.99


It's hard to browse the news without seeing reports of yet another wielding of economic sanctions. Given how frequently nations use them, you'd think sanctions were a sure-fire weapon. Yet the record is quite mixed. In Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know®, eminent Bruce Jentleson—one of America's leading scholars on the subject—answers the fundamental questions about sanctions today: Why are they used to much? What are their varieties? What are the key factors affecting their success? And why have they become the tool of first resort for states engaged in international conflict?

  • 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

About the Author(s)

Bruce W. Jentleson, William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Bruce W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University, as well as a 2022 Distinguished 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 Peacemakers, American Foreign Policy, The End of Arrogance, and Pipeline Politics.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Puzzles Posed for International Relations Theory and Foreign Policy Strategy
    Part One: Scholarly Debates and Challenges  
    Chapter 1: Economic Sanctions: What, Who, Why and How
    Chapter 2: Do Sanctions Work?: Measuring Success
    Chapter 3: Explaining Sanctions Success/Failure
    Part Two: Major Cases, Theory Applied, Policy Analyzed
    Chapter 4: Historical Perspective: Lessons from Past Sanctions Cases
    Chapter 5: United States: Foreign Policy Strategy and Domestic Politics
    Chapter 6: China's Use of Sanctions
    Chapter 7: Soviet Union/Russia: Energy Pipelines and Other Sanctions
    Chapter 8: United Nations and European Union: Multilateral and Regional Sanctions
    Conclusion: Sanctions Theory, Sanctions Policy
    Appendix: 2022 Russia-Ukraine War Sanctions


"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

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