An Empire of Sanctions: a new Syllabus on a tool of Oppression
April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday April 22nd
@ 7pm – 8pm
Sanctions are now the preferred economic weapon that the United States uses to pressure, discipline and coerce enemies and even allies. Sanctions restrict targeted states from importing, exporting and receiving investments; they prohibit US corporations and banks from dealing with those countries, and they limit the economic activities of individuals in sanctioned countries.
Renate Bridenthal, Molly Nolan and Prasannan Parthasarathi from Historians for Peace and Democracy have compiled a syllabus on economic sanctions for educators and activists alike. The syllabus covers the history of sanctions, their forms, legality, and effectiveness, and their current deployment, as well as blowback from and resistance to them. All materials are readily available online.
This webinar is the launch of the syllabus. Join us on April 22nd as we examine the use and effects of the economic sanctions. Click here for details of the new syllabus.
We’ll be joined by Professor Nicholas Mulder, professor of history at Cornell University. His first book, The Economic Weapon: The Rise of Sanctions as a Tool of Modern War, is forthcoming with Yale University Press. It provides a history of the interwar origins of economic sanctions, showing how they reconfigured international affairs by enabling distant coercion against civilian societies in peacetime.
The U.S. began using sanctions widely during the Cold War and their deployment expanded greatly after its end. Sanctions have become a powerful tool in the US foreign policy arsenal, a weapon to alter the behavior of governments, bring about regime change or simply punish a state and its people. Today the US is an “empire of sanctions,” as well as an “empire of bases.” Several dozen countries are subject to US sanctions as are many individual political figures and business people and the list appears to expand daily. With growing opposition to direct US military intervention, sanctions are presented as a “more peaceful” form of coercion. Yet, they seldom change the policies of targeted countries and individuals even as they severely harm the civilian population.
This webinar is sponsored by Massachusetts Peace Action and Brooklyn for Peace.
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