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Targeting the Right Targets? The UN Use of Individual Sanctions

Targeting the Right Targets? The UN Use of Individual Sanctions Global Governance 18 (2012), 207–230 Targeting the Right Targets? The UN Use of Individual Sanctions Peter Wallensteen and Helena Grusell This study focuses on the United Nations’ use of sanctions that target par- ticular individuals. This practice is one of the smart sanctions that are stan- dard UN strategy since the mid-1990s. It has given rise to a debate on human rights of those listed. This study is one of the first to analyze the ability of such sanctions to achieve compliance. The theory behind this strategy is identified, based on social and behavioral science insights. More than 400 individuals from eight nonterrorist cases since year 2000 are stud- ied, based on publicly available information. They are studied with respect to their closeness to decisionmaking, demonstrating some flaws in the present application of such sanctions. Suggestions are made for a more fo- cused UN targeting strategy. KEYWORDS: United Nations, Security Council, sanctions, economic sanctions, targeted sanctions, smart sanctions, com- pliance, civil war, peace, security. The Rise of Smart Sanctions Economic sanctions constitute one of the main tools for the United Nations to react to international crises. It is mentioned in the Charter under Chapter VII. Therefore it is important http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations Brill

Targeting the Right Targets? The UN Use of Individual Sanctions

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1075-2846
eISSN
1942-6720
DOI
10.1163/19426720-01802005
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Abstract

Global Governance 18 (2012), 207–230 Targeting the Right Targets? The UN Use of Individual Sanctions Peter Wallensteen and Helena Grusell This study focuses on the United Nations’ use of sanctions that target par- ticular individuals. This practice is one of the smart sanctions that are stan- dard UN strategy since the mid-1990s. It has given rise to a debate on human rights of those listed. This study is one of the first to analyze the ability of such sanctions to achieve compliance. The theory behind this strategy is identified, based on social and behavioral science insights. More than 400 individuals from eight nonterrorist cases since year 2000 are stud- ied, based on publicly available information. They are studied with respect to their closeness to decisionmaking, demonstrating some flaws in the present application of such sanctions. Suggestions are made for a more fo- cused UN targeting strategy. KEYWORDS: United Nations, Security Council, sanctions, economic sanctions, targeted sanctions, smart sanctions, com- pliance, civil war, peace, security. The Rise of Smart Sanctions Economic sanctions constitute one of the main tools for the United Nations to react to international crises. It is mentioned in the Charter under Chapter VII. Therefore it is important

Journal

Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International OrganizationsBrill

Published: Aug 12, 2012

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