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The role of EU and US sanctions against Russia over Ukraine has been the subject of much popular debate, although unfortunately a debate that does not lend itself to easy conclusions. Questions commonly posed are those concerning the intended means of sanctions and how these should be viewed in light of the turmoil currently unfolding in Ukraine. For some, the answer is obvious – sanctions over the Ukrainian crisis are simply symbolic. However, other commentators take the view that they constitute a solid policy response to an alarming geopolitical situation. This article seeks to explain what the West’s sanctions consist of, the context in which they should be viewed, and their likely implications.

 

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Mikael Eriksson
Mikael Eriksson Dr. Mikael Eriksson is a Deputy Research Director at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and an expert on targeted EU and UN sanctions.
From the Desk of the Editor This issue of TPQ comes at a time when relations between Turkey and the EU are at a historical low point. The sources of tension are manifold, and have been compounded by a constellation of transformations in Turkey, Europe, and the international system. The global upswing in far-right populist movements, isolationism, the conflict in Syria and its humanitarian crisis, and the threat of ISIS have...
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