Don’t Expect Sanctions To Win the Ukraine War

In commentary in the Wall Street Journal, Nicolas Mulder, assistant professor of government, sets in historical context the recent western sanctions against Russia, which, he writes, have been “sweeping and unrelenting since the country began waging war against Ukraine two months ago.”

“In Warsaw last month, President Joe Biden declared that ‘these economic sanctions are a new kind of economic statecraft with the power to inflict damage that rivals military might,’” Mulder writes in the piece. “Initially, many anticipated that such devastating economic pressure would force the Kremlin to break off its invasion…But while Russia’s growth prospects are now extremely dire, the sanctions’ ultimate outcome has proven as difficult to predict as that of the war itself.”

Read the story in the Wall Street Journal.

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