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Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know

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A book talk with Bruce Jentleson, Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, Duke University

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It's hard to browse the news without seeing reports of yet another wielding of economic sanctions. Given how frequently nations use them, you'd think sanctions were a sure-fire weapon. Yet the record is quite mixed. In Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know®, eminent Bruce Jentleson—one of America's leading scholars on the subject—answers the fundamental questions about sanctions today: Why are they used so much? What are their varieties? What are the key factors affecting their success? And why have they become the tool of first resort for states engaged in international conflict? 




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Bruce W. Jentleson is William Preston Few Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at Duke University. Other positions include Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (also a 2022 Distinguished Fellow in residence) and Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He was the longtime Co-Director and now Senior Advisor for the Bridging the Gap project promoting greater policy engagement among academics. Work related to economic sanctions includes Sanctions: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2022); “Who’s Winning the Sanctions War?”,, August 18, 2022; and Pipeline Politics: The Complex Political Economy of East-West Energy Trade (Cornell University Press, 1986). Other books include The Peacemakers: Leadership Lessons from 20th Century Statesmanship (W.W. Norton, 2018) and America Foreign Policy: The Dynamics of Choice in the 21st Century (W.W. Norton, five editions). He has served in a number of US foreign policy positions including Senior Advisor to the State Department Policy Planning Director (2009-11), a senior foreign policy advisor to the 2000 Al Gore presidential campaign, in the Clinton administration State Department (1993-94), and as a foreign policy aide to Senators Gore (1987-88) and Dave Durenberger (1978-79).


Kal Raustiala holds the Promise Institute Chair in Comparative and International Law at UCLA Law School and is a Professor at the UCLA International Institute, where he teaches in the Program on Global Studies. Since 2007 he has served as Director of the UCLA Burkle Center for International Relations. From 2012-2015 he was UCLA’s Associate Vice Provost for International Studies and Faculty Director of the International Education Office. Professor Raustiala's research focuses on international law, international relations, and intellectual property. He is currently writing a biography of the late UN diplomat, civil rights figure, and UCLA alum Ralph Bunche for Oxford University Press.