The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.
Firearms and Drugs: Partners in Transnational Crime
Explore the intricate relationship between illicit drug trafficking and the proliferation of illegal firearms

The multifaceted links between illicit drug trafficking and illicit firearms present a global challenge requiring a clear understanding and integrated responses. Read this new report, authored by the Flemish Peace Institute and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

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Gun violence in the EU
Discover the new online knowledge portal

* Freely available to policymakers, police officers, strategic analysts, researchers, journalists & media.
* Central to this platform: an AI-powered online Incident Monitor that collects up-to-date information on firearms incidents in 27 EU-member states,.
* With key data on gun violence in every EU member state, a thematic research overview & 8 new research reports on European trends in firearm violence.

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Violent firearm incidents with young drug dealers on the rise in Europe?
Flemish Peace Institute publishes new study commissioned by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)

The background paper shows the central role of the Rotterdam and Antwerp ports in the problem of drug-related violence. The study links - among other things- recent firearm violence in Europe to the nature of the cocaine market and the criminals involved in it.

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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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Talk with us

On Friday I will be presenting our new AI driven firearms incident monitor at the conference 'The impact of global firearm control regimes on reducing armed violence'.

Register to attend online or in Milan:

Register👇 for our #webinar on #multilateralismforpeaceday on 24 April. @Vredesinstituut , together with PATRIR & @TodaInstitute , invite you to explore concrete ideas for the New Agenda for #Peace.
#youth #participation #recovery #Ukraine #Pacific

Op @radio1be legde onze directeur @NDuquet haarfijn uit waarom de strijd tegen illegale #wapens beter verdient dan steekvlampolitiek. "Wanneer we praten over #drugsgeweld, moet er ook aandacht zijn voor het aspect #wapens."

Tijdens het Politicologen Etmaal (13 & 14 juni) organiseert @Vredesinstituut 1 workshop rond uitdagingen voor vrede & veiligheid & de rol voor vredesonderzoekers. Ben je academicus, doctoraatsstudent, onderzoeker? De call for papers is open tot 31/03.

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