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Balkans: Regional Perspectives on Radicalisation and Violent Extremism

Agon Demjaha
Senior Research Fellow, Kosovo Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED)
Lulzim Peci
Executive Director, Kosovo Institute for Policy Research and Development (KIPRED)
30 March 2021

This report attempts to better understand the phenomena of radicalisation and violent extremism in the Balkans.

It makes so through a comparative perspective in four Balkan countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo and North Macedonia) based on four previous CONNEKT’s national country reports on the current state of play of the research and responses to Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in the region.

It offers a regional outlook of the issue and compares the differences and commonalities of the national strategies of the studied countries. It also assesses the presence of radicalised and violent extremist groups in the region.

The report points out the lack in the four countries of mechanisms and models for the measurement of the practical impact of P/CVE strategies at individual, community and macro level. A component the authors consider “indispensable for a
successful public policy on this issue”.

Finally, it also provides an assessment of the EU policies towards Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism strategies in the Balkans.

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