Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
Public Administration and Policy
Bryan Early, Ph.D.
Victor Asal, Ph.D.
This study tests the hypothesis that the use of sanctions as a foreign policy tool produces favorable conditions for an increase in terrorism activity using cases of sanctions against Bosnia-Herzegovina, Libya, and Iran. Using literature as the basis for this hypothesis, data suggests that there is not significant evidence to support this theory using these cases. The circumstances surrounding the political environment and stability of each country tells different stories, where attributing rising terrorist activity to sanctions themselves ignores the complexity of foreign economies their political and social atmospheres in which they operate. This thesis alludes to several questions and opportunities for further study on the circumstances in which sanctions are applied that may correlate with rising terrorism.
Courtney, Savanah, "Sanctions and the proliferation of terrorism: Cases of Iran, Libya, and Bosnia-Herzegovina" (2019). Public Administration & Policy. 10.