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Martijn C. Vlaskamp is a Beatriu de Pinós fellow at the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). From 2015-2018 he was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellow at Yale University and IBEI. His research interests include European Foreign Policy and Armed Conflict Studies, with a special emphasis on the role of natural resources.
August 2015 - September 2018
Institut Barcelona d´Estudis Internacionals and Yale University
- Research project GLONEXACO (The Global-Local Nexus of Armed Conflicts: The interlinkages between natural resource-fuelled armed conflicts and the EU’s raw materials supply).
The past years have been eventful for secessionist movements in Europe and in particular in Scotland and Catalonia. Supporters and opponents of secession of both stateless nations considered their prospects for future EU membership as an important part of the campaigns leading to the referendums. The article’s aim is to explore whether internationa...
The European Union, the United States, and a number of other state actors have adopted policies obliging companies to conduct supply chain due diligence regarding the import of natural resources. While several authors have analyzed the motives of these measures individually, this article provides a broader explanation for their diffusion. In empiri...
Natural resources can be an important source of funding for warring parties in armed conflicts. Curbing the trade in these so-called conflict resources is, therefore, part of the European Union’s conflict management policies. The article explores the EU’s policies in this field and asks, specifically, why the EU is using supply chain due-diligence...
Transparency is an organizing principle of the norm of good governance. The EU has adopted a number of policies to promote this norm as a way to address corruption and cronyism in the natural resource sector of many countries. On the global scale, the EU supports the standards of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative. At home, the EU Acco...
The idea of the European Union being increasingly contested, whether globally or at home, is a frequently reiterated notion. It is believed that such challenges to the European integration stem from a number of diverse but interlinked global and intra-EU crises that, combined, amount to the current ‘perfect storm’ affecting the EU and its foreign,...
The European Union's foreign policy and its international role are increasingly being contested both globally and at home. At the global level, a growing number of states are now challenging the Western-led liberal order defended by the EU. Large as well as smaller states are vying for more leeway to act out their own communitarian principles on an...
How much do the prospects of international recognition of a possible new state affect the domestic support for secession? To answer this research question, we adopted a most similar systems design and conducted a Web‐based survey experiment in Catalonia and Scotland. Respondents were presented with plausible scenarios regarding the international re...
This article analyses the role of the EU in the negotiations of the Kimberley Process (KP) regarding the Marange diamonds from Zimbabwe. As these gems did not comply with the requirements of the KP, they were banned from trading in 2009. The subsequent discussions between proponents of a hard line towards Zimbabwe and advocates of a rapid readmissi...
At the end of 2008 the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) that outlawed almost all types of cluster munitions was signed. It was the product of the so-called Oslo process, which had been set up two years earlier as a reaction to the failure to add a new protocol banning cluster munitions to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). T...
The Observatori Política Exterior Europea-SGR is a consolidated research group funded by the Agency for Management of University Research Grants (AGAUR) of the Catalan Government under the Grant Agreement 2017 SGR 693.
Normative contestation in Europe: Implications for the EU in a changing global order is a research project funded by the Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Competitiveness under the Grant Agreement CSO 2016-79205-P.
The main objective of COEUS is to map the causal beliefs of policymakers. Empirically, it will focus on the use(s) of sanctions as a tool of conflict management. As part of this project, an online survey will be carried out among academic experts, policymakers and other stakeholders.