Targeted Sanctions: Focusing on EU

Project Leader Mikael Eriksson, Research Assistant (Supervisor Peter Wallensteen)

Project Period

2004-2008

Project Description

The Swedish Research Council has decided to support the project ”Targeted Sanctions on Individuals”.

The international community’s possibility to sustain peace and stability is in constant change. For the last ten year the sanctions tool have been refined to target specific persons rather then entire communities. One important reason for the change has to do with the international community’s wish to avoid harming the civil population, as has been the case previously.

The focus of the project is to understand how individuals behave when being exposed to targeted sanctions.

Being on UNs or the EUs sanctions lists often means that the freedom of the individual is being blocked in a variety of ways such as by travel restrictions sanctions or frozen accounts.

The aim of the research project is to systematically look at those factors that may affect those individuals brought under sanctions and to see under what circumstances the international community succeeds being effective (measured by compliance of the exposed). An important part of the study is to collect empirical data that may reveal how the individual reacted and behaved when sanction was introduced. Interpretation of the result will likely be drawn from the field of social psychology and decision making under crisis.

Main Financial Support

Vetenskapsrådet (The Swedish Research Council)

Useful Links

The Stockholm Process