Welcome to the website of the Special Program on the International Targeted Sanctions (SPITS).
Sanctions research has long been associated with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research (for History click here).
SPITS was initiated as the "Stockholm Process" by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs together with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University in November 2001. The Stockholm Report ("Making Targeted Sanctions Effective") was delivered to the Security Council on February 25, 2003.
The work has since then continued by
(a) Deepening academic research on targeted sanctions, in systematic studies
(b) Contributing to policy making in the sanctions field, by producing reports based on research, and
(c) Keeping a website continuously updated on development on sanctions issues in the United Nations.
SPITS conducts studies
- On particular sanctions situations: Notably Iraq, Burma/Myanmar, Western Africa and Angola.
- On particular types of sanctions: notably arms trade and individual sanctions (forthcoming, Global Governance, May 2012).
- On particular senders of sanctions: notably EU and comparisons of EU and the UN.
- On sanctions in peacebuilding situations, where also positive sanctions become a concern. Applications have recently been submitted to Sida and USAID on this score.
SPITS researchers participate in major international efforts on sanctions research, in particular the Targeted Sanctions Consortium directed by the University of Geneva, Switzerland.