This seminar will explore the societal and political aspects of free trade, including voting behaviour, populism, democratisation, and societal polarisation. We will examine how these factors can impact the success of free trade agreements and the wider implications for society and politics. Additionally, we will delve into the societal aspects of sanctions, exploring their effects on, e. g., democratization and human rights. Finally, we will discuss trade as a weapon, considering its implications in current events such as the Russian war in the Ukraine and the case of China. Through discussion and analysis of current events and academic literature, this seminar will provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding international trade and trade sanctions.