The Flemish Peace Institute is an independent research institute hosted by the Flemish Parliament. It was established in 2004 to conduct scientific research on peace issues and offer its findings to support the activities of the Flemish Parliament. The Institute provides information and documentation and makes recommendations to the Parliament. Its documents address issues that are relevant for not only policymakers but also civil society organisations and the public at large. The documents are translated into English for a wider audience throughout the world.
The Peace Institute examines legislation and policy concerning the international arms trade and monitors events and data on Flemish arms production and arms trade. In an annual report the Institute publishes analyses of data on the import, export, and transit through the region of military materials during the preceding year, with special emphasis on their end-use. The Institute also devotes special attention to the policy of the European Union: the unified defence market and European agreements on export control.
Tomas Baum - Director
Tomas Baum studied philosophy, applied ethics and international politics. He is director and research coordinator and translates the work from the 'Arms trade and arms production' programme of the Flemish Peace Institute to various levels of policymaking, media and other fora.
Prior to this appointment he was director of International Peace Information Service.
He has media experience and can discuss issues relating to international politics and arms control.
Diederik Cops (°1983) studied Criminology and International Politics at the University of Leuven. From 2008 he was a member of the Leuven Institute of Criminology of the same university, where he worked as a researcher at the Youth Research Platform until December 2015. In November 2011 he finalized his PhD on fear of crime in young people. He started working as a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute in January 2016. He will conduct research in the ‘Arms trade and arms production’ programme, and will mainly focus on the topic of arms export control.
Nils Duquet (Belgium) is a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute since 2006. He conducts academic and policy-oriented research. His focus is on arms export control, facts and figures of arms production and trade, and research on small arms and light weapons.
Maarten Van Alstein
Maarten Van Alstein studied history and international politics and holds a PhD in political science. Since 2010 he works as a researcher at the Flemish Peace Institute. His research focus is on domestic gun control regimes and firearms possession in Belgium.