Do Economic sanctions work?
DO ECONOMIC SANCTIONS WORK? Evidence suggests that victims of sanctions, who were in first place recalcitrant, emerge from their ordeal stronger, more- self-reliant and stubborn. Consequently, those who impose sanctions create independent and stubborn nations. Take the example of Zimbabwe. Sanctions have not brought Mugabe down. In Kenya during the Moi era, Sanctions simply created a nation of self-reliant and independent thinkers. For decade between 1993 and 2003, donor funding in Kenya declined to almost nil. The country learned to get up by its own bootstraps and to day, she funds more 90 per cent of her US$ 14 billion budget from taxes. In a similar manner, the west has just made China a world Power. In fact the west’s habit of imposing sanctions on anyone they differ with has sent them to China’s waiting hands. Sanctions are imposed on the assumption that one is the only source of something someone else needs. But where there are competing sources of the same, sanctions