Targeted Sanctions: Do they work? |

Targeted Sanctions: Do they work?

Evening Talk


Targeted sanctions have seemingly become the policy instrument of choice when it comes to responding to contemporary global security challenges. Whether it is resolving armed conflicts, countering terrorism, reducing nuclear proliferation, or supporting political transitions and post-conflict peace-building, the UN, the EU, the AU, and the US (among other actors globally) apply targeted sanctions measures. Targeted sanctions are more complex and difficult to implement than comprehensive trade embargoes, and their impacts and effectiveness are often poorly understood in the policy world, the scholarly community, and among the general public. This presentation will draw on recently published research on UN targeted sanctions conducted by a consortium of scholars and practitioners around the globe (Targeted Sanctions: the Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Action, Cambridge University Press 2016) to address not just whether they work, but more importantly, how they work.

Thomas J. Biersteker

Curt Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Conflict Studies, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva


Thomas Biersteker is Gasteyger Professor of International Security and Director of Policy research and of the Programme for the Study of International Governance at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. He previously directed the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University and has also taught at Yale University and the University of Southern California. He is the author/editor of ten books, including State Sovereignty as Social Construct (1996), The Emergence of Private Authority in Global Governance (2002), and Targeted Sanctions: The Impacts and Effectiveness of UN Action (2016). His current research focuses on targeted sanctions, transnational policy networks in global security governance, and the dialectics of world orders. He was the principal developer of SanctionsApp, a tool for mobile devices created in 2013 to increase access to information about targeted sanctions at the UN. He received his PhD and MS from MIT and his BA from the University of Chicago.

Chair Person:

Assoc Prof. Francesco Mancini, Assistant Dean (Academic Affairs) & Visiting Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Thursday, 11 May 2017

5:15pm - 6:30pm


Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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