For many policymakers, economic sanctions have become the tool of choice lớn respond khổng lồ major geopolitical challenges such as terrorism và conflict.

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A reflection of a yearly chart of U.S. dollars và Russian rubles is seen on ruble notes. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) Sanctions have sầu become one of the most favored tools for governments to respond to foreign policy challenges.Sanctions can include travel bans, asphối freezes, arms embargoes, và trade restrictions.The United States has more than two dozen sanctions regimes: some target specific countries such as Cutía & Iran, others are aimed at curbing activities includingterrorism & drug trafficking.Governments & multinational bodies impose economic sanctions to try to lớn alter the strategic decisions of state và nonstate actors that threaten their interests or violate international norms of behavior. Critics say sanctions are often poorly conceived & rarely successful in changing a target’s conduct, while supporters contend they have sầu become more effective in recent years & remain an essential foreign policy tool. Sanctions have been the defining feature of the Western response khổng lồ several geopolitical challenges, including North Korea’s nuclear program and Russia’s intervention in Ukraine. In recent years, the United States has expanded the use of sanctions, applying them and ramping them up against adversaries in Iran, Russia, Syria, and Venezuela.

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Since 9/11, there has been a pronounced shift toward targeted or so-called smart sanctions, which ayên to lớn minimize the suffering of innocent civilians. Sanctions take a variety of forms, including travel bans, asset freezes, arms embargoes, capital restraints, foreign aid reductions, & trade restrictions. (General export controls , which are not punitive, are often excluded from sanctions discussions.)

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Sanctions, while a size of intervention, are generally viewed as a lower-cost, lower-risk course of action between diplomacy and war. Policymakers may consider sanctions as a response to foreign crises in which the national interest is less than vital or where military action is not feasible. Leaders have, on occasion, issued sanctions while they evaluated more punitive sầu action. For example, the UN Security Council imposed comprehensive sanctions against Iraq just four days after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait in August 1990. The Security Council did not authorize the use of military force until months later.