Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea

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Hard Target: Sanctions, Inducements, and the Case of North Korea BY STEPHAN HAGGARD AND MARCUS NOLAND. Stanford University Press, 2017, 344 pp.

Both of the main strategies that the major powers and international institutions have employed to deal with North Korea-sanctions and engagement- are based on an economic logic that the authors of this rigorous analysis believe to be flawed. Such policies were supposed to work by hurting or helping the general population-but the public's welfare is of little concern to Pyongyang's leaders. When punishments or payoffs were narrowed to target the core group of leaders, they found ways of passing the suffering to the people. When carrots were offered along with sticks, they took them without making policy changes. …

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