This report assesses the United Nations Security Council’s current approach to drawing down sanctions in intrastate war situations. After examining broader questions surrounding the UN’s authority to impose sanctions and the corresponding limits on these powers, this report assesses criteria used by the council to terminate sanctions. It observes that multilateral sanctions under the UN Security Council tend to last substantially longer than sanctions by regional organizations, such as the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS); and it argues that short sanctions periods are preferable to long sanctions periods. When the objectives of a sanctions regime are met, sanctions should be amended, repealed, or terminated as soon as possible. In keeping with this goal, the report argues that benchmarks for drawing down sanctions should be concrete and realizable. It also suggests that the practice of applying incentives can be instrumental to the termination of conflict. The report concludes by posing a series of questions that are intended to move the conversation towards.... Read more
Cover Photo: Security Council delegation visits Liberia. Mohammed Loulichki(right), permanent representative of Morocco to the United Nations, meeting the inspector general of the Liberian National Police in Monrovia, Liberia, May 20, 2012. UN Photo/ Emmanuel Tobey.
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