• Policy brief 'Strengthening information-exchange on arms exports'

    Author(s):    Diederik Cops

    The Flemish Peace Institute launches a new publication format: its first policy brief. In these policy briefs, the Institute aims to combine an in depth and thorough analysis with a set of specific recommendations to address the findings and conclusions of this analysis.

    In the new policy brief entitled ‘strengthening EU arms export controls through increased information exchange’, Diederik Cops, researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute, discusses several specific initiatives to be taken in the context of the current review on the implementation and the fulfilment of the objectives of the EU’s Common Position on arms exports. In this policy brief, we first describe and contextualize this review process. In a second step, specific suggestions and recommendations are identified to strengthen the exchange of information on arms exports, both in public reporting instruments and between member states.

    Brussels - 22/11/2018 , 10 p.

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  • Triggering Terror: Illicit Gun Markets and Firearms Acquisition of Terrorist Networks in Europe

    Author(s):   Nils Duquet (ed.)

    This edited volume offers an in-depth and detailed insight into Project SAFTE’s research findings. In-depth country studies were conducted in eight EU member states by research teams from the Flemish Peace Institute, SIPRI, SSSA, Arquebus Solutions, Small Arms Survey and Bureau Bruinsma. The in-depth qualitative research methodology involved desk research and semi-structured interviews with key international actors and stakeholders such as Europol, EMPACT Firearms, Interpol, SEESAC and the Office of the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. The volume sheds ligh on how illegal firearms markets are structured in the EU and shows how terrorists access these.

    Brussels - 17/04/2018 - ISBN 9789078864905 , 480 p.

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  • Firearms acquisition by terrorists in Europe. Research findings and policy recommendations of Project SAFTE

    Author(s):   Nils Duquet & Kevin Goris

    This report offers a systematic and comparative analysis of the findings of the eight country studies in the research volume and translates the findings to the realities of policy-makers, law enforcement officers and practitioners working on these topics.

    Brussels - 17/04/2018 - ISBN 9789078864912 , 232 p.

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  • Flemish foreign arms trade 2016: summary

    Author(s):   Diederik Cops

    The Flemish Peace Institute analysed the Flemish government’s interpretation of assessment criteria for arms exports. This document summarizes the findings. In addition, it provides an overview of recent figures on the size and character of Flemish foreign arms trade. The publications (in Dutch) are available  in full text on

    - 19/10/2017 , 6 p.

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