The CONNEKT project has held a seminar on “Researching on radicalisation and violent extremism in times of Covid-19”. Over 60 participants attended the event.
The theoretical and conceptual framework of the project was discussed and three parallel sessions examined how to research from a macro, meso and micro perspective on seven potential drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism in the eight MENA and Balkan countries analysed in the project, while a fourth one was dedicated to prevention from a local view. In fact, the project sees the local setting as the main scenario for the development of prevention initiatives, since social life is articulated in the community context, and it is where these interventions materialise, involving institutions and social groups.
The event also addressed in a final policy roundtable with the participation of policy-makers how the CONNEKT project can serve better the European Union’s challenges concerning Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism.
CONNEKT (Contexts of Violent Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies), led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded research project that explores the drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism among young people aged from 12 to 30 in eight countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Kosovo, Morocco, North Macedonia, and Tunisia.