Peripheral hegemony in the quest to ensure Security Council accountability for its individualized UN sanctions regimes

Peripheral hegemony in the quest to ensure Security Council accountability for its individualized UN sanctions regimes

A demand for strengthened Security Council accountability has been put forward quite vigorously in the context of the individualized UN sanctions regimes.1 Over the years, a great variety of actors have voiced their concerns or outright condemnation of the accountability deficit that exists for UN sanctions regimes which target individuals.2 This accountability gap was effectively created when the heavily critiqued Security Council policy to impose comprehensive sanctions transmuted into designs of targeted sanctions regimes in the 1990s.3 The traditional procedures and accountability mechanisms that controlled the comprehensive sanctions against states were overall political and diplomatic in nature and not considered fit for the new sanctions paradigm which had the individual rather than the state as its core focus. The shift to targeted sanctions thus required fresh thinking about and new approaches to Security Council accountability. External actors, including.... Read more

Photo: The Security Council votes to extend sanctions regime on Yemen. UN Photo/Mark Garten

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