Dr. Maarten Van Alstein

Dr. Maarten Van Alstein

Dr. Maarten Van Alstein


Leuvenseweg 86 - 1000 Brussel
E-mail: maarten.vanalstein@vlaamsparlement.be
T +32 (0)2 552 4597 | F +32 (0)2 552 4408

Maarten Van Alstein (°1978) holds a graduate degree in History, a candidate degree in Law, and a Master in International Politics. Previously, he has worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Antwerp, where he received a doctor's degree with a dissertation on the Belgian diplomatic elite and the origins of the Cold War. Since May 2010, he works as researcher at the Peace Institute.

Within the research programme on 'Peace & society' he focuses on remembrance and the politics of memory. Within the programme 'Arms trade and arms production', he conducts research on gun control and firearms possession in Belgium.

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Selected bibliography

  • M. Van Alstein (2016), De IJzertoren als memoriaal van de Vlaamse ontvoogding en vrede [The Yser Tower as Memorial of Flemish Emancipation and Peace], Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • M. Van Alstein (2016), ‘The Memory of Peace’, in D. Praet (ed.), Philosophy of War and Peace, Gent: International Philosophy Olympiad, p. 149-160.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2016), Guns for Sale. The Belgian Illicit Gun Market in a European Perspective, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • M. Van Alstein (2016), ‘Koloniale spoken in het Antwerpse Middelheimpark’, in Streven, 83(1), p. 4-6.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2015), Firearms and Violent Deaths in Europe. An Exploratory Analysis of the Linkages Between Gun Ownership, Firearms Legislation and Violent Death, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2015), Gun Control in Belgium. A Review of the Effects of the 2006 Weapons Law, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Landscapes of War Memory’, in Jimmy Kets, The Graves Are Nice this Time of Year, Veurne: Hannibal, p. 6-10.
  • M. Van Alstein (2014), ‘Memories of War & Peace in Flanders Fields: The Great War Centenary and the Memory Boom’, in European Review of International Studies, 1(2), p. 31-49.
  • M. Van Alstein (2014), From Ypres to Brussels? Europe, Peace, and the Commemoration of WWI, Heinrich Böll Stiftung EU
  • G. Castryck, N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2013), 'Peace Education in Flanders, Belgium: Grassroots Organizations at Work in Schools', in I. Harris (ed.), Peace Education from the Grassroots, Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • M. Van Alstein (2013), 'De radicale moderniteit van cybergeweld: een poging tot inzicht', in Streven, 80(1).
  • G. Nath & M. Van Alstein (2012), 14-18 van dichtbij. Inspiratiegids voor lokale projecten over de Grote Oorlog, Leuven & Den Haag: Acco.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2012), Gun Ownership in Belgium, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • M. Van Alstein (2011), The Great War Remembered. Commemoration and Peace in Flanders Fields, Brussels: Flemish Peace Institute.
  • N. Duquet & M. Van Alstein (2011), Vuurwapens. Handel, bezit en gebruik, Leuven & Den Haag: Acco, 243 p.N.
  • M. Van Alstein (2011), 'From Enigma to Enemy: Paul-Henri Spaak, the Belgian Diplomatic Elite, and the Soviet Union, 1944-1945', Journal of Cold War Studies, 13(3), p. 126-148.
  • M. Van Alstein (2009), 'The Meaning of Hostile Bipolarization. Interpreting the Origins of the Cold War', Cold War History, 9(3), p. 301-319.
  • M. Van Alstein (2007), 'No More War'? Belgian Reception of the League of Nations and Arbitration after the First World War, Diplomacy and Statecraft, 18(1), p.133-153.