Global sanctions lists: Comparison by numbers
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Classification according to respective sanction list
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Brief analysis of major global sanction lists in order to compare the number of entries and recent developments since January 2018, covering:
U.S. Dep. of Treasury OFAC: Specially Designated and Blocked Persons (SDN) List
UK HM Treasury OSFI: Consolidated List of Targets
EU External Action Service: Consolidated List of Sanctions
UN Security Council: Consolidated Sanctions List
It is not surprising that the largest number of sanctioned parties is listed on the U.S. OFAC SDN List, which included 7.345 entries in early December 2018. But the volume in relation to the other sanction lists is remarkable: The OFAC SDN list contained roughly seven timesof the entries on the UN List in terms of primary names (1.093 entries). And more than three times of the number of entries on the EU Consolidated Sanction List (2.124 entries) respectively UK HMT Consolidated List (2.137 entries).
At a glance: Selected global sanction lists compared (Data as of Dec 05 2018)
Between January 01 and December 05 2018, the number of OFAC SDN sanctioned parties rose by 1.371 entries to a total of 7.345 entries, which is an increase of 22,9%. In the same period, the changes in volume of the other lists were much lower: UK HMT List +4.9% (+100 entries), EU Consolidated List +4.1% (+85 entries) and UN Consolidated List +2.8% (+30 entries).
The reasons for this big difference between the US OFAC SDN List and the other sanction lists are to a large extent connected to political factors. Also, when comparing sanction lists, it is necessary to look at the details in order to avoid oversimplification of complex issues, to take structural aspects into account etc. However, the differences are remarkable indeed - and the recent trends in terms of listing quite obvious. Plenty of room for additional strategic analysis.
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