Consequences of US economic sanctions in the Middle East

Presented by Caren Thomas and Maria Samantha Orozco

This report was drafted by Broken Chalk to contribute to the call for inputs to analyze the consequences of US economic sanctions in the Middle East. Broken Chalk is an organisation that fights against violations of Human Rights and improving the quality of education around the globe.

For several decades, the United States has wielded economic sanctions as a tool against hostile state actors, seeking to influence global regimes deemed in opposition to US values and interests. Despite the intention of these measures to curb governmental injustices and foster peace, sanctions in the Middle East have become a significant and controversial feature of US foreign policy.1 As of 2023, the United States actively enforces sanctions on countries such as Iran and Syria, with far-reaching repercussions extending to Iraq, Lebanon, and Yemen.2 While these measures often receive international support, concerns persist regarding their impact on the general population, the hindrance to accessing basic services, and the undermining of educational and academic development.

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1 Niblock, T. (2001). Pariah states & sanctions in the Middle East: Iraq, Libya, Sudan. Lynne Rienner Publishers.

2 Ibid.

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