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

    Author(s):   Nils Duquet (ed.)

    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 Bureau Bruinsma. The in-depth qualitative research methodology involved desk research and semi-structured interviews with key international actors and stakeholders such as Europol, EMPACT Firearms, Interpol, SEESAC and the Office of the EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator. The volume sheds ligh on how illegal firearms markets are structured in the EU and shows how terrorists access these.

    Brussels - 17/04/2018 - ISBN 9789078864905 , 480 p.

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

    Author(s):   Nils Duquet & Kevin Goris

    This report offers a systematic and comparative analysis of the findings of the eight country studies in the research volume and translates the findings to the realities of policy-makers, law enforcement officers and practitioners working on these topics.

    Brussels - 17/04/2018 - ISBN 9789078864912 , 232 p.

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  • ‘De-radicalisation’ – Scientific insights for policy

    ‘De-radicalisation’ – Scientific insights for policy

    Author(s):   Lore Colaert (ed.)

    Following the terrorist attacks in Madrid (2004) and London (2005), ‘radicalisation’ has become part of the political discourse in Europe. Many European governments took initiatives to counter violent extremism. But the range of measures often lacks conceptual clarity and empirical validation.

    The aim of this book is to make policy answers to violent extremism more evidence-based. The Flemish Peace Institute asked seven international scholars to review the state of the art of empirical research on ‘radicalisation’. These findings were then discussed with practitioners from Flanders (Belgium). This fruitful dialogue resulted in policy implications and recommendations, both at the end of each chapter and in the final conclusions of this volume.

    The combination of insights from researchers and those working in the field makes this a relevant volume for decision makers, practitioners and researchers.

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    - 14/11/2017 - ISBN 9789078864882 , 192 p.

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  • Flemish foreign arms trade 2016: summary

    Author(s):   Diederik Cops

    The Flemish Peace Institute analysed the Flemish government’s interpretation of assessment criteria for arms exports. This document summarizes the findings. In addition, it provides an overview of recent figures on the size and character of Flemish foreign arms trade. The publications (in Dutch) are available  in full text on

    - 19/10/2017 , 6 p.

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