Blockades: Justification, Effectiveness, and Impact

GMA 400L - Senior Seminar Research Lab

Blockades have traditionally been an operation navies take during war yet are used today when no declared war is taking place. Today blockades have been used due to the security threats posed to a belligerent if one were not in place and as a display of power within the region. They are by far an extremely effective operation compared to other options given such as an occupation. Blockades almost always create some sort of humanitarian crisis when enacted for an extended period of time and humanitarian support isn’t allowed access.