When Sanctions Do (Not) Work

Alistair Wellmann speaks with Katharina Emschermann about sanctions.

In the eleventh episode of the “Berlin Security Beat”, Dr. Katharina Emschermann, Deputy Director at the Centre for International Security, interviews Alistair Wellmann, Practice Fellow at the Centre for International Security, and an expert on sanctions implementation and effectiveness.

They discuss why states impose sanctions, different sanction types, when sanctions work and when they don’t, and how to sharpen the tool.

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