The Macedonian team of CONNEKT presented their findings on meso-level drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism in North Macedonia at the 27th World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities at the Columbia University (United States).
In their presentations in the panel session BK4, the three representatives of the Macedonian Academy of Sciences and members of the CONNEKT’s consortium dealt with the northwestern region of the state and the city of Tetovo: Lidija Georgieva looked at the football fan scene in the city, Naum Trajanovski discussed the commemorative activities related to the 2001 armed conflict and Elena Mujoska Trpevska focused on the prisons and Correctional educational facility Volkovija.
The panel was moderated by Bojana Zorić from Masaryk University and it also had Goran Tepšić, from the Belgrade University and CONNEKT’s sister H2020 project PREVEX, who discussed state, clientelism and radicalisation in Serbia.
The general discussion was focused on the cross-national comparison of the macro- and meso-level drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism, the regional challenges related to PCVE, radicalisation and extremism posed by the Russian aggression in Ukraine and the possible future scenarios for deradicalisation in the Balkans.
The panel session was part of the 27th Association for the Study of Nationalities’ Annual World Convention which took place at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute. Hosting close to 150 discussions, book presentations and panel sessions related to inter alia nationalism, identity, ethnic mobilization and radicalisation in different corners of the globe, the ASN Convention proved that not only it is one of the largest such events in the world, but also one of the most relevant. This year, the Convention was held onsite for the first time in four years, while its thematic scopes resonated with the most pressing issues: the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the global reactions to the war and the wartime activism, among the other topics. The Balkan region had a specific accent as in the past years.