The Politics of Influence: Foreign Aid and Economic Sanctions In International Relations

This course will examine how state leaders have used economic coercion to convince other state actors to comply with a set of demands. Еconomic statecraft covers a wide variety of policy options “between words and war”: stronger than diplomatic suasion, yet less objectionable than the use of force.

Emphasis will be placed on understanding the conceptual and methodological issues involved in measuring the uses and outcomes of interstate coercion.

The main thrust of the course will be very much applied. A substantial portion of our attention will be turned to specific policy areas in which there is a high demand for intervention currently. These are (1) democratization and regime change, (2) stopping and preventing civil wars, (3) containing rogue states, (4) protecting intellectual property rights and (5) defending system of free trade around the world.

The course will be taught in seminar format.