As far back as ancient Greece, governments have tried to stop their enemies and bring about change via blockades, embargoes and even economic sanctions.
While there are times when such sanctions have worked and do work, studies have shown that the majority of sanctions are unsuccessful in their intended purpose and sometimes cause great harm to those affected.
In this week's Reality Check, Mehdi Hasan looks at how most sanctions do more harm than good.
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Source: Al Jazeera