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


9 December 2014 – With Resolution 2188 the Security Council decides to renew the measures on arms and travel imposed by resolution 1521 (2003) for a period of nine months. The measures are maintained under continuous review with a view to modifying or lifting them dependent on Liberia’s progress towards meeting the conditions set out in 2003 (SCR 1521) for terminating those measures, and in light of the threat to peace and security in Liberia posed by the Ebola virus.

The mandate of the Panel of Experts is extended for a period of ten months.


26 February 2014 – With Resolution 2140 the Security Council imposes targeted measures in the form of assets freeze and travel ban on individuals or entities engaging in or providing support for acts that threaten the peace, security or stability in Yemen. A new Sanctions Committee is established to monitor the implementation of the measures, designate individuals subject to the measures, to establish guidelines for the implementation of the measures, report to the Security Council and to encourage dialogue between the Committee and interested Member States in the region.

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