The Effectiveness of Economic Sanctions

International Relations Council (IRC)

Past Event

Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021
11:00 PM - 12:00 AM (UTC)

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International Relations Council (IRC)

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English
English

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Government & Politics

Sustainable Development

UNGA Guide

Economic sanctions can be a powerful tool for national governments and multinational organizations as they look to protect their interests, exert influence, and reach desired outcomes in challenging geopolitical situations. Sanctions against China, Venezuela, Syria, Russia, and Iran have made the news in recent years, but what brought them about, and how effective have they been? For three decades, Dr. George Lopez, Hesburgh Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, has advised the UN, international agencies, and governments on issues from sanctions' design to their impact. Join Professor Lopez as he helps us explore the rationale behind unilateral and multilateral economic sanctions, the extent of their use, and their effectiveness and broader ramifications.

About the Speaker

George A. Lopez is the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, where he was a founding faculty member. He is a leading expert on economic sanctions, peacebuilding, and various peace-related issues. During 33 years of affiliation with the Kroc Institute, Lopez has engaged in a diverse set of policy and public roles. Since 1992, Lopez has advised the United Nations, various international agencies, and governments on economic sanctions issues, ranging from assessing their humanitarian impact to the design of targeted financial sanctions.

He has written more than 40 articles and book chapters and authored or edited six books (often with Kroc Institute faculty member David Cortright) on sanctions. Lopez and Cortright's research detailing the unlikely presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq was published before the 2003 Iraq War as "Disarming Iraq" in Arms Control Today and after the war as "Containing Iraq: the Sanctions Worked" in Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent media commentator regarding sanctions issues writing often for The Hill and Responsible Statecraft.

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International Relations Council (IRC)