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A new report looks into how MENA and Balkan countries deal with extremism

Dienstag, 26.01.2021

The publication explores the strategies on extremism in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Bulgaria. Up to 18 experts draw a comprehensive account of national approaches towards violent extremism in the framework of the CONNEKT project.


A just released publication of the Horizon 2020 research project CONNEKT describes the national structural and contextual approaches and strategies towards radicalisation and violent extremism in Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The report assesses the weight of socio-political drivers in current approaches to radicalisation and violent extremism in the MENA region and the Balkans, particularly towards young people. It also explores how a socially-rooted approach might fit into the current domint paradigm of Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) strategies in these regions.

The 8 country reports that constitutes the publication set out valuable data, relevant stakeholders, figures and information regarding violent extremism in their specific contexts, and provide a brief overview of the main policies, strategies and initiatives regarding P/CVE in each country.

Up to 18 contributors from the Balkans and the MENA countries have worked in this document. Corinne Torrekens and Daphné de le Vingne (Université Libre de Bruxelles) are the editors.

This publication constitutes a new step of the CONNEKT project, started in 2020, to analyse and establish patterns of difference and commonalities between MENA and Balkan countries and also across regions. More prominently, it will shed some light on the impact of the international securitisation paradigm in the regions under study.


The CONNEKT project

CONNEKT is a research and action project that analyses 7 potential radicalisation drivers among youth aged between 12 and 30 in eight MENA and Balkan countries: religion, digitalisation, economic deprivation, territorial inequalities, transnational dynamics, socio-political demands, and educational, cultural and leisure opportunities. And it evaluates them on three levels: transnational/state, community and individual.

Its aim is to establish a multi-dimensional map of drivers of extremism among youth in the eight countries (Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Bulgaria) and to identify the interplay between them. Based in its findings, the project will recommend tools and measures for the prevention of violent extremism from a social and community perspective.

Led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), based in Barcelona, the project gathers a multidisciplinary consortium involving 14 partners from MENA, the EU and the Balkans, including the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz.

The CONNEKT project started in 2020 and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, under Grant Agreement no. 870772.


CONNEKT Country Reports. National Approaches to Extremism
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