The Global Sanctions Data Base

The Global Sanctions Database (GSDB) covers publicly traceable, multilateral, plurilateral, and purely bilateral sanction cases since 1950.

Start of Project 07/2020

The Global Sanctions Database (GSDB) classifies sanctions on the basis of three important dimensions. First, by the type(s) of sanctions considered (e.g., trade sanctions vs. financial sanctions vs. travel sanctions, etc.). Second, by the political objective(s) behind the observed sanction(s). In particular, the GSDB  systematically groups sanction objectives into distinct categories (e.g., policy change, destabilization of a regime, war prevention, human rights, etc.) of recorded policy objectives. Third, by the perceived degree of success for each identified sanction, captured by five distinct categories ranging from failed sanctions to the target's full acceptance of the sender's demands.
The GSDB is well-suited to address issues related to bilateral and multilateral linkages in trade relations and the intricate structure of applied sanctions. The GSDB's information on sanctions can be utilized to study their effects in a broad range of areas/fields, including their implications for financial flows, tourism, the determinants of war, and the significance of democratization efforts.
The team is committed to updating the GSDB bi-annually during the first two years after its official release on July 1, 2020. After the initial two-year period, the GSDB will be updated annually.

The Global Sanctions Database is a joint project of HTWG Konstanz - University of Applied SciencesDrexel University's LeBow College of Business and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. 

For more information, visit the GSDB website.