January 31, 2011

Pressure: Coercive Economic Statecraft and U.S. National Security

By David Asher, Dr. Patrick M. Cronin and Victor Comras

In recent years, the world has witnessed the power of the global economy to impact states' behavior and interactions within the international community. The rise of non-state actors and the increasing threat to international stability from states like North Korea and Iran signal that the United States must continue to use financial pressure as a key tool in U.S. national security and leverage the power of the private financial sector to optimize chances for success. In this report, authors Dr. Patrick Cronin, Dr. David Asher and Victor Comras examine the capacity of the United States to use counter-threat finance by examining three cases - North Korea, Serbia and Iraq - to glean lessons learned for the future.

Click here to watch the authors discuss the report.

  • David Asher

    Adjunct Senior Fellow

    Dr. David Asher is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he specializes in Economics and Security as well as Asia strategy. His curr...

  • Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

    Senior Advisor and Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program

    Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior ...

  • Victor Comras