Evaluating the success of international sanctions: a new research agenda

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Lee Jones and Clara Portela

Sanctions scholarship generally considers sanctions to be “successful” when targets comply with sender’ demands. This form of evaluation is inadequate. Firstly, without a robust methodology it is hard to determine whether sanctions produce compliance. Secondly, sanctions tend to pursue goals beyond those announced, which may relate to the target, the sender itself or the international system. An evaluation of the effectiveness of sanctions must identify all these goals, recognise their interrelations and measure their success with the help of interpretative methods.

Key words: international sanctions, methodology, evaluation, compliance, efficacy

DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.125.2.39/en

How to cite this article:  Jones, Lee and Portela, Clara. “Evaluating the success of international sanctions: a new research agenda”. Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, issue 125 (September 2020), pp. 39-60. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2020.125.2.39/en

Authors: Lee Jones, Reader in International Politics, Queen Mary University of London and Clara Portela, Faculty member in Political Science, University of Valencia, Spain