Syria: Sanctions Should Not Be Lifted, but They Must Be Improved

Genevieve Zingg
Content Type
Working Paper
Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
While not the chief cause of Syria’s economic crisis, sanctions have exacerbated difficulties faced by the Syrian people – in particular as new humanitarian needs arise from the Covid-19 pandemic. This paper argues that sanctions are essential to sustain pressure in the pursuit of justice and accountability and should be maintained but that they must be improved to allow for a more effective use of humanitarian exemptions and to lessen their negative impacts on the Syrian people.
Sanctions, Public Health, Humanitarian Crisis, Pandemic, COVID-19
Political Geography
Middle East, Syria