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Global Challenges
Issue no. 12 | November 2022
The Weaponisation of Economics
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Global Challenges
Issue no. 12 | November 2022
The Weaponisation of Economics

The multipolar world succeeding US hegemony in the early 21st century, the financial crisis of 2007 and the corollary decline of liberalism seem to have ushered in an era of economic nationalism. States are increasingly left to fend for themselves as multilateral mechanisms lose traction and international economic relations gain in toxicity. The sanctions, embargoes and retaliations arising from the war in Ukraine, but also an accelerating struggle for dwindling natural resources, have pushed these logics to new heights. This Dossier assesses ongoing geoeconomic transformations and their potentially devastating consequences.

Articles for this issue

The Weaponisation of Economics
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    War by Other Means? Geoeconomics in the 21st Century

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    Globalisation: The Danger of Safe Spaces

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    Risky Interdependence: The Impact of Geoeconomics on Trade Policy

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    A New Page in Global Sanctions Practice: The Russian Case

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    The Politicisation of the Commodities Trade

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    The United Nations logo on the 2nd Floor looking to the general assembly entrance

    Sanctions against Russia and the Role of the United Nations

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    Global natural resources commodity trade with exchange of futures contracts on commodities

    A Renewed Neocolonial Scramble for Resources?

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    The Rise of Geoeconomics

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    Debt as a Political Weapon?

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    Global Sanctions: A Bibliography from the Graduate Institute

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