The Sanctions Program SPITS

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.


The program collaborates with the Sanctions and Security Research Program which is a project of the Fourth Freedom Forum and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and also with the UN Targeted Sanctions Consortium, based at The Graduate Institute, Geneva and the Watson Institute at Brown University.

Recent resolutions by the UNSC


14 April 2015 – With Resolution 2216 the Security Council decides to impose arms embargo on Ali-Abdullah Saleh, Abdullah Yahya Al Hakim, Abd Al-Khalid Al-Huthi and other individuals or entities acting on their behalf or in their direction threatening peace, security and stability in Yemen. The Sanctions Committee and the Panel of Experts shall monitor the implementation of the arms embargo. 

South Sudan

3 March 2015 – With Resolution 2206 the Security Council decides to impose targeted sanctions, travel ban and freezing of assets, on individuals and entities obstructing reconciliation or peace processes, undermining the political process or abusing human rights in South Sudan. A Sanctions Committee is established to monitor the implementation of the measures and a Panel of Experts, with a mandate until 2 March 2016, is created.

More UN Sanctions