In recent years economic sanctions have become one of the most
frequently employed weapons in the U.S. foreign policy arsenal.
They have been imposed in the name of advancing human rights, of
fighting terrorism, and of preventing the transfer of weapons
technology. Those are laudable goals, but the essays in this book
lay out the evidence that sanctions are not effective instruments
of foreign policy. Because they curb the freedom of Americans to
trade and communicate with the rest of the world, sanctions have
more disadvantages than benefits. Efforts to restrict the use of
sanctions will soon be debated in Congress, and the results will
affect every American consumer.
Contributors to this volume include former defense secretary Dick
Cheney, former U.S. trade representative Clayton Yeutter, Prof.
James B. Burnham of Duquesne University, Undersecretary for Export
Administration William A. Reinsch, president and CEO of Novecon,
Ltd. Richard Rahn, Ted Galen Carpenter of the Cato Institute,and
Gary Hufbauer of the Institute for International Economics.