Economic sanctions against governments

Other Names:
Economic blockade against governments
Economic blockade
Inadvertent impact of sanctions on vulnerable groups
Social deprivation through embargo
Denial of human rights through application of sanctions

Economic sanctions are imposed by a government to show disapproval of another government's actions and to attempt to influence its future conduct. Economic sanctions involve the withdrawal or suspension of trade or financial relations.


The USA entered into a trade embargo with the USSR for the latter's invasion of Afghanistan, and several industrial countries have engaged in economic sanctions against South Africa in protest at the Platter's policies of apartheid. In 1989 India closed 13 of 15 entry points to the landlocked Kingdom of Nepal creating shortages of food, medicines and fuel.

Counter Claim:

The factors which really affected South African policy were not general trade sanctions. What really shook the government was that USA firms pulled out because it was not worth the aggravation of staying. Yet some sanctions were extremely effective. The sports boycott made white South Africans feel isolated in a way no economic sanctions could. The arms embargo also finally produced results when the South Africans were unable to match Angolan forces in 1988. Yet this military withdrawal led to a huge South African arms industry from which exports it now profits. Similarly the oil embargo created the oil-from-coal industry, although this is yet proving less of an good investment.


Narrower Problems:
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Date of last update
16.01.2018 – 17:29 CET