Punishing the Regime, Protecting Syrians: The Dilemma of Sanctions on Syria

Content Type
Working Paper
Arab Reform Initiative (ARI)
Sanctions have so far failed to change the Syrian regime behaviour, and despite their stated objectives of minimizing harm to the population, indicators show that sanctions are hitting ordinary Syrians the hardest. This paper looks at the mechanisms that Assad has been using to overcome the impact of sanctions on its power structure and provides recommendations on how to make sanctions more effective against the regime while mitigating their negative impact on Syrians.
Sanctions, Authoritarianism, Humanitarian Intervention, Quality of Life
Political Geography
Middle East, Syria