Evolution of Unilateral Sanctions and the Russian Case

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Room S050

Dr. Likhacheva will present preliminary results of the research project on unilateral sanctions that she has conducted since 2015 at the HSE. The talk will be focused on anti-Russian Sanctions that represent an interesting case in many aspects. First, it is an unprecedented scale of sanctioned state since the Cold War; however the scale of sanctions against Iran or North Korea has been much bigger. That opens doors for a discussion on the efficiency of sanctions, their non-linear effects and structural changes of the Russian political economy under sanctions. The second aspect has a broader application and relies on the hypothesis that anti-Russian sanctions became a trigger for a reshape of international environment where unilateral sanctions are applied more and more frequently. The trend for diversification of most of the international activities of key actors of world politics and the economy has seriously strengthened for the last few years. And it changes initial prerequisites for a policy of targeted sanctions based on the almost absolute global hegemony of US dollar and broader, on a unification of global financial system and markets. Here arises a new research question about the future of sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy and on a new which instruments will take the place of targeted sanctions in 20 years perspective.


Anastasia Likhacheva, Deputy Dean for Research, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Chair: Timothy J. Colton, Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian Studies, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, Davis Center

Sponsored by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

For more information, please call 617-495-4037.