The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent
institute for peace research at the Flemish Parliament.

Publications

  • Guns for sale: the Belgian illicit gun market in a European perspective Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet & Maarten Van Alstein

    Publication date: 21/03/2016

    The attention paid to the problem of the possession of illicit firearms and the illegal trafficking of firearms has increased significantly over the past few years, at both a Belgian and a European level. In Belgium, this increase in political ... read more

  • Facing a Difficult Past? The Yser Tower in Dixmude, Belgium External publication

    Publication date: 16/11/2016

    In this article Maarten van Alstein discusses the pacifist message of the museum at the Yser in Dixmude. By presenting the First World War as senseless violence and horror, the museum hopes to induce in visitors an awareness of the ... read more

  • Firearms and violent deaths in Europe Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet & Maarten Van Alstein

    Publication date: 25/06/2015

    On a regular basis, news stories appear in the media about public shootings where shooters use their guns to open fire and kill people in shopping malls or on school campuses. Mostly these stories deal with incidents in the United ... read more

  • Flemish Foreign Arms Trade 2013 Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet, Tomas Baum

    Publication date: 19/02/2015

    This annual report analyses the Government of Flanders’ policy on foreign arms trade. As part of its tasks as defined in its Founding Act, the Flemish Peace Institute “provides advice to the Flemish Parliament on the annual report of the ... read more

  • Illegal firearms in Belgium Factsheet

    Publication date: 05/01/2015

    The term “illegal arms” does not say much about the nature of the arms. Whether an arm is legal or illegal mainly depends on who owns, sells or uses it. While most people are prohibited from owning or using automatic ... read more