Effective Economic Sanctions: The 'Centre of Gravity' as an Alternative

Heather Chingono

Fudan University

January 7, 2010

A significant portion of scholarship on the sanctions regime has sought far for the determinants of sanctions success with a majority dismissing them as futile, inconsequential, atrocious and destructive. Despite these pessimistic views, undoubtedly, economic coercion remains a less-violent strategy and an alternative to military warfare whose impact can be easily controlled by both the sanctioner and the sanctionees. This article examines the successes of sanctions, associated problems and how sanctions can be rendered more effective instruments of policy. Significantly, if economic coercion, like its counterpart “warfare” focused on the “centre of gravity,” utmost effectiveness, in the shortest period of time, with minimalist costs is attainable. Evidently, pre- and post-sanctions’ planning is still deficient.

Keywords: Economic Sanctions, Centre of Gravity

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Date posted: January 7, 2010 ; Last revised: January 12, 2010

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Chingono, Heather, Effective Economic Sanctions: The 'Centre of Gravity' as an Alternative (January 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1532831

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Heather Chingono (Contact Author)
Fudan University ( email )
220 Handan Road
Shanghai, 200433
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