The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.
Project DIVERT
Discover the webinars & publications about non-regularisation, fraud & theft.

Project DIVERT is a research project, funded by the European Union’s Internal Security Fund — Police, which focuses on the diversion of live-firing firearms from the legal domain into the illicit sphere within the European Union.

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Webinar – Five years after the Brussels attacks: Evaluating preventive policies in light of the new EU Counter-Terrorism Agenda
Check out a selection of the presentations here.

Together with policymakers and experts we took a closer look at the feasibility of evaluating and measuring impact of preventive policies on violent extremism and will discuss similarities and differences in current P/CVE approaches within the EU.

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Read and download our Annual Report 2019 here.
We chose to focus on ‘Working together on the promotion of peace’ as a a common theme throughout our Annual Report.

Because striving for peace is not an individual endeavour. An enormous variety of partners was implicated in our research and the recommendations we formulated in the field of peace. These and a lot of other aspects of our work are waiting for you to be discovered in our Annual Report 2019.

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Controversy & Polarisation in the Classroom

In this guide for educational professionals the Flemish Peace Institute proposes a theoretical framework and a number of suggestions for pedagogical practice.

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Armed to Kill
New report

This report analyses the firearms used in public mass shootings (with at least four deaths) in Europe between 2009-2018.

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Q&A: What is the impact of the Internet on illicit weapon markets in Europe?

On May 15 the Flemish Peace Institute participated in a seminar on the challenges for the fight against illicit firearms trafficking, which was organized by the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) and the Group for Research and Information on Peace and Security (GRIP). Researcher Nils Duquet chaired a panel on the impact of new technologies and materials on the proliferation of small and light weapons and gave a presentation on the impact of the Internet on illicit firearms markets in Europe. In this Q&A he elaborates on the topic.

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Commemoration and remembrance

Memories of wars and political violence continue to deeply move us, long after the occurrence of these events. Violent conflicts create deep divides and rifts, between states and groups of people.

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Radical ideas can have a place in a democratic society. They are part of the democratic difference of opinions and ensure that new themes and interests are taken into account. A more serious problem arises when radicalisation processes give rise to violent forms of extremism.

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Peace education

Since our inception we conduct research into peace education and conflict management. We explore what peace education means and how it can be given substance in the educational system. One of our main themes is dealing with controversy in class.

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Conventional weapons

Weapons are strategic goods. They play an important role in law enforcement and national defence. At the same time, there are risks associated with the trade in these products.

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The government regulates the arms trade and the use of firearms. The regulation covers legal forms of possession, use and trade, but it also aims to combat the illegal trade and misuse.

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Dual use goods

The trade of dual-use items is controlled in order to prevent nuclear, chemical and biological products from falling into the wrong hands. These items were not developed specifically for military purposes but may nevertheless have a military application.

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27 & 28/10: Workshop @ugent & @Strong_Cities on violent #extremism & #polarization. On 28/10 our researcher @anneliespwls will be analyzing these phenomenons' intersection with #disinformation & #democracy in the era of #COVID-19. 👇

NGO's dagvaarden de Vlaamse overheid met het oog op meer controle op eindgebruik van de Vlaamse wapenexport. Die controle is inderdaad cruciaal. Het percentage ongekend eindgebruik schommelt jaarlijks wel heel sterk, zoals blijkt uit de cijfers van de laatste 10 jaar.

Afgelopen weekend/Last weekend: Launch website “Mapping #PeaceEducation Project” @IIPEpeaceEd.
Onze onderzoeker/our researcher Maarten Van Alstein werkte mee/contributed. Check it out!
#vrede #vredesopvoeding

👇#webinar @eucter with our researcher @anneliespwls on #Afghanistan, 20 years after 9/11.
Unable to attend? Check out this related opinion piece👉
👇#webinar (ENG) met @anneliespwls over mogelijke #radicalisering na de aftocht uit #Afghanistan.

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