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

Ivory Coast

28 April 2015 – With Resolution 2219 the Security Council decides to renew until 30 April 2016 the measures on arms, travel and assets imposed in 2004 by resolution 1572.

Measures on arms shall not apply to supplies intended solely for use by UNOCI and the French forces who support them and supplies transiting through the country to be used by UN Peacekeeping operations. The mandate of the group of experts is extended until 30 May 2016.

25 June 2015 – With Resolution 2226 the Security Council decides to extend the mandate of UNOCI, which includes monitoring of the arms embargo, until 30 June 2016.


2 September 2015 –With Resolution 2237 the Security Council decides to renew the measures on arms and travel imposed by resolution 1521 (2003) for a period of nine months. SC also decides to terminate travel and financial measures set forth in resolution 1521 (2003). The mandate of the Panel of Experts is extended for a period of 10 months to undertake specified tasks in close collaboration with the Government of Liberia and the Côte d’Ivoire Group of Experts.

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