Economic Interventions

  • K. M. Fierke


Policies regarding post-Cold War military interventions often posed difficult questions about who should intervene and whether action, to be legitimate, required support by the international community. They further revealed a conflict between national interest and support for international norms. Similarly, the history of economic intervention since the end of the Second World War has been shaped by the tension between profit and the interest of various states in exporting arms, on the one hand, and questions of principle related to limiting the proliferation of arms. In addition to various international agreements to stop the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, economic sanctions have, particularly since the end of the Cold War, been an important tool for limiting the access of dangerous regimes to WMD. Decisions to sell arms to another country, that is, engagement in the arms trade, are no less interventions that shape the potential or likelihood of war than decisions to withhold arms or military equipment, as a form of economic sanction.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. M. Fierke
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  1. 1.School of Politics and International StudiesQueen’s UniversityBelfastIreland

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