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Effectiveness of UN targeted sanctions:

Effective signaling and target stigmatization is significantly easier than coercing targets to change their behavior. While only 10% of all UN sanctions episodes since 1991 were effective In coercing target behavior change, 23% succeeded in constraining targets in pursuing undesirable activities, and 29% of all episodes sent a clear signal stigmatizing the target of sanctions.

Overall, about 2 in 5 sanctions episodes (38%) were effective in achieving at least one of their purposes (coercion, contraint, and / or signaling).

Finally, considering all purposes within an episode together, 14% were had a high overall effectiveness, 39% a mixed overall effectiveness, and 47% a low overall effectiveness in achieving their stated goals.