A Harmful U.S. Sanctions Strategy?

Foreign Affairs Asks the Experts

The U.S. Capitol Building is seen at sunset in Washington, May 2017 Zach Gibson / REUTERS

We at Foreign Affairs have recently published a number of pieces dealing with the United States’ use of sanctions. To complement these articles, we decided to ask a broad pool of experts for their take. As with previous surveys, we approached dozens of authorities with deep specialized expertise relevant to the question at hand, together with a few leading generalists in the field. Participants were asked to state whether they agreed or disagreed with a proposition and to rate their confidence level in their opinion; the answers from those who responded are below:

Debate Statement

Washington's use of sanctions is doing more harm than good.

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