In recent years, the international community has increasingly come to abandon the use of comprehensive sanctions in favour of targeted sanctions. Unlike adopting a coercive strategy on entire states, actors like the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) have come to resort to measures that are aimed at individuals, groups and government members. Targeted sanctions involve adopting measures such as asset freezes, travel bans, commodity sanctions, as well as arms embargoes. Eriksson argues that recent changes in the practice of sanctions from comprehensive to targeted sanctions requires a new way of understanding international sanctions practice. Not only do we need to rethink our methodology to assess recent practice, but also to rethink the very theory of sanctions. This valuable new perspective provides recent thinking on targeted sanctions, trends in practice and unique case studies for evaluation. Based on substantial research, this is a must-read for students, scholars and practitioners interested in international politics.
Table of Contents
Contents: Targeting peace; Rethinking targeted sanctions; Refining sanctions assessment; Trends in targeted UN and EU sanctions; Decision-making, perceptions and complexity; UN sanctions decision-making; Episodes of UN targeted sanctions against UNITA; EU sanctions decision-making; Episodes of EU targeted sanctions against the Zimbabwe leadership; Rethinking targeted sanctions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.
'Mikael Eriksson’s concept of "sanctions episodes" is an original and important contribution to the sanctions literature. Targeted sanctions invariably entail an iterated game between sender and target and by breaking down the analysis of sanctions into separate episodes, Eriksson is able to bring fresh new insights to our understanding of constantly changing bargaining relationships.' Thomas Biersteker, The Graduate Institute, Geneva, Switzerland ’... Targeting Peace is a serious book which merits consideration... Its references and case studies and discussion should be a valuable resource for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.’ Australian Defence Force Journal '... a breath of fresh air entering a stagnant debate... [Eriksson] proposes new approaches that improve our knowledge of how, when and why sanctions work.' Political Studies Review