What are UN sanctions regimes for? And why are they only sometimes imposed in response to “threats to the peace” and other times not? My PhD research tries to answer this question by analyzing the track record of UN sanctions in response to 5 major sanctionable offences: interstate wars (2/4), civil wars (18/58), terrorism (21/84), coups d’état (3/36) nuclear proliferators (3/8). Papers, articles, and blog-posts related to my research can be found throughout this blog, as well as through think tanks and journals.

Below you can find the latest update of the Sanctionable Offences Database that serves as the methodological backbone of my research on UN sanctions regimes since 1990. Currently the only section of the database that is publicly available and has related publications (1), (2), is the one on UN sanctions policy in response to terrorist organizations. Click here or on the link below the table to download the full database. A draft of the dataset for civil wars can be found here. For other sections of the database regarding other offences, please contact me.

For any papers or publications that make use of this dataset, users are asked to refer to the Sanctionable Offences Dataset as follows:

Kruiper, Thomas: “Sanctionable Offences Dataset –  International Terrorism and UN Sanctions: 1990-2015″; version (..), www.thomaskruiper.com



I believe that scientific knowledge should be freely and publicly available to everyone. Therefore there is no pay-wall to access the Sanctionable Offences Database. I do however greatly appreciate donations that help us keep the SOD up-to-date and to support further research.