On 22 October 2020, the Delegation of the European Union to Mexico organised the second nline dialogue of the Phase II EU-Mexico Think Tanks Dialogue Initiative “EU-Mexico Collaboration in the Fight Against Illicit Firearms Trafficking.” Nils Duquet, Flemish Peace Institute, Roxana Juárez, Colectivo de Análisis de la Seguridad con Democracia (CASEDE), David Ramírez, México Evalúa and Andrea Edoardo Varisco, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), participated in this webinar, which was moderated by Maricarmen Hinojosa, Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI).
The experts exchanged perspectives on the strategies and challenges that the European Union and Mexico face in the fight against illicit arms trafficking. They explained the need to develop strategies at the local level, and to approach the regional and international dynamics that allow illicit arms trafficking through the collaboration of various actors including civil society, the private sector, and the government. They highlighted the importance of international cooperation to jointly combat this global problem.
During the discussion, the experts agreed that the cooperation between the EU and Mexico could be focused on achieving a better intelligence diagnosis by training local authorities who are in charge of implementing the legal framework on arms trafficking tracing, as well as on the exchange of information at the different governmental levels.
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