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Economic, Political and Security aspects of sanctions and blockades from a Target Country Perspective: Policy Lessons for Qatar and other Target Countries.


Qatar National Research Foundation

Duration of Project

Jan 2020 – Dec 2021 (plus 6 month extension due to Covid-19)


USD $398,480

Coventry University Project Team

Prof. Mansoob Murshed
Dr Piotr Lis


Dr Mahjoob Zweiri (Qatar University)
Dr Sajjad Faraji (Qatar University)

Project Partner

Qatar University


The overarching aim of the research project is to study the economic, social and political aspects of economic sanctions in targeted countries and deliver a comprehensive set of policy guidelines enabling policymakers:

  1. to minimize the medium- and long-run adverse effects of sanctions on the domestic economy, society and political system.
  2. to consider the possible economic and trade policies when sanctions are lifted.

Impact Statement

Our ambitious and innovative project will advance and inform the academic debate as well as inform the policymaker community with respect to the impacts of economic sanctions and blockades on target nations, and development of mitigating policies.


  • Four research papers suitable for publication in peer reviewed journals on the impact of sanctions and blockades in target countries on: (1) economic growth, (2) military and defence spending, (3) public health and education spending, and (4) international trade structure and trade diversification.
  • Two non-technical policy briefs will constitute primary outlets for our finalized research findings and policy recommendations aimed at policymakers
  • Two technical reports. They will be complementary to the policy briefs and as such shared with the stakeholders at the relevant Qatari ministries, providing them with a detailed technical overview of our methods, data and results.
  • One working paper will deliver a theoretical overview of the political economy of sanctions and blockades and their effects on target nations.
  • Conference presentations
  • Two workshops will be organized in Qatar and one in the UK to facilitate the team’s communication with key stakeholders (representatives of relevant Qatar ministries) as well as provide a forum for within-team discussions, knowledge exchange and assessment of projects’ progress and achievements.
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