The Effectiveness of Sanctions as a Tool for Resolving Armed Conflicts: An Analysis of Syria and Yemen


  • Tarazi Mohammed Sheikh



The use of sanctions as a tool for resolving armed conflicts has been a topic of debate for many years. This paper undertakes a critical retrospective analysis of the sanctions imposed on Syria and Yemen in resolving armed conflicts. The study examines the types of sanctions imposed on the two countries and the impact of these sanctions on the conflict resolution process. The paper concludes by discussing the implications of these findings for the use of sanctions as a tool for resolving armed conflicts in the future. The findings of the study suggest that sanctions can be effective in resolving armed conflicts, however, it is subject to various factors such as the nature of the conflict, the level of cooperation from the targeted country, and the level of international support. The study puts particular emphasis on the role of the United Nations Security Council, international cooperation among the states, and the timeliness as well as duration of sanctions as key determinants of the success of sanctions. This study seeks to contribute to the decision-making process behind imposing sanctions, both in ongoing and future conflicts by highlighting the best practices and strategies to improve the effectiveness of the sanctions.