Image of Donald Trump with words Sanctions are Coming

The appeal of imposing economic sanctions is obvious enough. They promise to achieve diplomatic and foreign policy objectives without the use of military force­—a peaceful alternative to bloodshed and destruction. And recently, no nation has been more active in imposing sanctions than the United States. This month, historian Benjamin Coates traces the history of economic sanctions and warns that, whatever their promise, the overuse of unilateral sanctions threatens to reduce their effectiveness and even their legitimacy.

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