Don’t Use Chips to Play Poker With Putin

Semiconductor blockades are powerful sanctions—but may not prove effective with Russia.

By Bhaskar Chakravorti

In his latest article for Foreign Policy Bhaskar Chakravorti, the dean of global business at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy writes of the poker game the U.S. and Russia are playing over the possible invasion of Ukraine. Is the U.S. willing to play with chips that are used in everything from smartphones to computers to cars? Can Russia tolerate being cut off from semiconductor chips?

Will the implications of using technology as a weapon or deterrent work –or not?