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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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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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