Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq


For information on Iraq since May 2003, please visit

How to use this website

The CASI website contains a wealth of information about sanctions on Iraq, and is one of the English-speaking world's main reference points on the topic. This page explains how to make best use of it.

First time visitors

The menu panel on the left of the page contains links to the main sections of the site.

Information about CASI as an organisation: About CASI, Activities, Email lists, Publications.

Introductory information about sanctions on Iraq: Guide to Sanctions, FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).

Campaigning ideas: Twelve actions and How to Help (under Activities).

You may also like to consult the Site Map for an overview of the site.

Information on Iraq

At the heart of the site are our listings of information about sanctions on Iraq, in the Information Sources section.

How to use the Information Sources section

Our most comprehensive list of documents and websites is organised by source (i.e. who wrote or published it) and split between several pages. Choose the broad category of source (a government, an NGO, etc) then scroll down the page or use the quick links at the top of the page to locate the particular organisation. There you'll find a list of all the documents in our listings produced by that organisation or individual.

For example, to find all information on sanctions from UNICEF, click on 'Listed by source' in the menu bar, then 'UN organs, agencies and commissions', then click 'Unicef' in the list of shortcuts at the top of the page.

If you are looking for information about a particular issue, we also have a thematic index. This will take you directly to a list of the key documents, reports and websites that relate to the theme of interest. The thematic index includes material that is not on the web in its listings. Examples of themes are: smart sanctions, the oil-for-food programme, the law of sanctions, US policy to Iraq.

How to locate a specific document on Iraq

As an example, let's suppose you are looking for the "Chowdhury report". If you are aware that this is produced by a UN Security Council working group, then you can navigate via Listed by source in the menu panel to UN organs, agencies and commissions then scroll down to the Security Council section and find the report there. If, on the other hand, you do not know where the report will be listed, you can use the following procedure to locate it:

  • Enter "Chowdhury" into the search box in the menu panel, and select to only search in Information sources listings. This restricts your search to those pages which contain lists of documents, so your search results won't include all pages on the CASI site mentioning Chowdbury. Press the Search button.
  • The search returns two pages: 'UN information sources' and 'Government information sources'. These are the two information sources pages which mention the word Chowdhury.
  • Choosing the 'UN information sources' to start with, you are now faced with the problem of finding the Chowdhury entry within the lengthy UN information sources page. To do this, use the 'Find' facility within your browser. You'll find this on the Edit menu of your browser, called 'Find in page' or 'Find (on this page)'. Enter "Chowdhury", and it will scroll you down to the relevant entry in the page.
  • (If you go back and look at the 'Government information sources' page, you'll find it mentions "Chowdhury" in another context, which is why it appeared in the search results).

Search facility

The quick search box on the menu panel itself lets you choose between two areas to search in: the main CASI website (this includes CASI's publications, listings of information sources and any documents we host on our own site, but excludes our discussion list archive), and the information sources listings (this includes just the five or six pages on which comprise our comprehensive list of links and documents).

The other search links in the menu panel allow you to perform more complex types of search or to search the discussion list archive, which contains some 5000 postings on sanctions on Iraq from 1998 to the present day.

Software requirements

Some documents on the site are provided in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format. To view them you'll need the Acrobat Reader. In all likelihood your computer already has this software installed; if not, you can download it for free from Adobe.


This archive site is hosted by the Iraq Analysis Group, to whom queries should be directed