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.

Collaboration

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

Guinea-Bissau

18 February 2015 – With Resolution 2203 the Security Council decides to review the sanctions measures imposed by resolution 2048 (2012) seven months from the adoption of this resolution.

Al-Qaida list

12 February 2015 – With Resolution 2199 the Security Council decides that Member States shall inform the 1267/1989 Committee within 30 days of the interdiction in their territory of any oil or oil products being transferred to or from Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh) and Al-Nusrah Front (ANF).

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