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01-Weaponized Interdependence

Episode Summary

States are increasingly able to weaponize their centralized positions within global informational and economic networks for strategic purposes. Contrary to traditional arguments that globalization and economic interdependence will lead to increasing international cooperation, this episode discusses how states can leverage global networks to engage in coercion. The episode discusses broader trends as they relate to global sanctions, the relationship between foreign policy and private sector interests, and American economic coercion vis-à-vis Iran, China, and Russia.

Episode Notes


Abraham Newman is a professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He currently serves as the Director of the Mortara Center for International Studies.

Elizabeth Rosenberg is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.

International Security Article:

This episode is based on, Henry Farrell and Abraham L. Newman, “Weaponized Interdependence: How Global Economic Networks Shape State Coercion,” Vol. 44, No. 1 (Summer 2019), pp. 42-79.