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Theme: conventional weapons

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  • Pulling the trigger: gun violence in Europe Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet (ed.), Szymon Buczyński, Piotr Chlebowicz, Sanja Ćopić, Quitterie de Labbey, Mirjana Dokmanović, Matteo Dressler (with the support of Clara Vandewege and Sofie Waebens), Declan Hillier, Paul James, Katharina Krüsselmann, Matt Lewis, Marieke Liem, Jarosław Moszczyński, Tomasz Safjański, Dennis Vanden Auweele.

    Publication date: 27/10/2022

    This report contains the 7 country studies  – Belgium, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Sweden –  that were undertaken as part of the second phase of project TARGET. While the reader will be able to observe interesting similarities ... read more

  • Under the radar: Transit of military goods – from licensing to control Report

    Authors: Diederik Cops & Kathleen Vanheuverswyn

    Publication date: 25/04/2022

    Controlling the transit and transshipment of military goods is essential to secure the legal international arms trade, to prevent diversion and to avoid the undesirable proliferation of conventional weapons. However, the efficient and effective implementation of such controls is for ... read more

  • Reviewing the EU Common Position on arms exports: whither EU arms transfer controls? Report

    Authors: Diederik Cops and Nils Duquet

    Publication date: 03/12/2019

    For almost 30 years the European Union (EU) has attempted to achieve greater convergence of its member states’ arms export policies. Since the adoption of the EU’s Common Position on arms exports in 2008, two review processes have taken place. ... read more

  • Sustainable EU funding of European defence cooperation?Accountable and transparent coordination of arms export policies needed Report

    Authors: Diederik Cops and Aurélie Buytaert

    Publication date: 03/12/2019

    In 2017 the European Commission launched the European Defence Fund, which will become fully operational in 2021. With this fund, the Commission  will fund collaborative research and development projects on new military products and technologies. Although its primary aim is ... read more

  • Armed to Kill: A comprehensive analysis of the guns used in public mass shootings in Europe between 2009 and 2018 Report

    Authors: Nils Duquet, Nino Kbiltsetskhlashvili, Isthiaq Khan & Eric Woods

    Publication date: 03/10/2019

    This report analyses the firearms used in public mass shootings (with at least four deaths) in Europe between 2009-2018. In most of these shootings the perpetrator acted alone and had no terrorist motives. Public mass shootings by persons with terrorist ... read more

  • Policy brief ‘Strengthening information-exchange on arms exports’ Report

    Authors: Diederik Cops

    Publication date: 22/11/2018

    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 ... read more

  • Factsheet Flemish foreign arms trade 2017 Factsheet

    Publication date: 02/10/2018

    In 2017 the licensed value of Flemish arms exports amounted to €106,8 million. In total, the Flemish government issued 126 individual licences for exports or transfers of defence-related goods. These numbers are in line with previous years. Main facts: Licensed ... read more

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

    Authors: Nils Duquet, Kevin Goris

    Publication date: 18/04/2018

    Project SAFTE showed that there is not one unified firearms market in Europe. Rather several disjointed and sometimes interrelated markets with different characteristics, configurations and supply-and-demand mechanisms exist alongside each other within Europe. This report offers a systematic and comparative ... read more

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

    Authors: Nils Duquet

    Publication date: 17/04/2018

    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 ... read more