The RAN papers consolidate RAN’s expertise and knowledge on radicalisation and violent extremism into an accessible format, providing up-to-date information.
They introduce the latest research findings – collected by RAN– and include input from first-line practitioners. All are reviewed by relevant stakeholders within the RAN Editorial Board prior to publication.
On 22 and 23 November 2022 the RAN Y&E Working Group organised a meeting in Stockholm and convened frontline practitioners from all around Europe to share their experiences, insights and challenges regarding their arts-related activities in youth work and education.
RAN in the Western Balkans – Preventing and countering VRWE in the Western Balkans, Skopje 28-29 June 2022
In recent years, attention in the realm of P/CVE activities in the Western Balkans (WBs) focused almost exclusively on Islamist Extremism (IE). The number of citizens from the region who travelled to Syria and Iraq and, more recently, the foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs)...
RAN POL Police role and contribution in the holistic, multi-agency case diagnosis of at-risk individuals, groups and neighbourhoods, Rome 31 October and 1 November 2022
This paper presents the main conclusions of 2 days of presentations and lively group discussions. Since this was not the first time RAN POL had a meeting on multi-agency holistic cooperation for case diagnosis...
This conclusion paper covers the main outcomes of the plenary, describing the themes
that participants highlighted as a priority for RAN Practitioners in 2023 and beyond.
RAN cross-cutting event, The Online Dimension of Extremism and Improving Online P/CVE Efforts, Berlin 27 September 2022
This paper presents the input of and discussions between participants at the meeting, including inspiring practices and lessons learned from the different stakeholder groups’ respective experiences...
RAN LOCAL Pulse Taking: What Are Local Effects of Recent Developments on P/CVE? Helsinki 15-16 November 2022
This paper presents the main conclusions of 2 days of presentations and lively group discussions. On day 1, participants discussed the new developments and political conflicts that might escalate and radicalise into violent extremism and terrorism.
RAN small-scale expert session: Conspiracy narratives: developing a tool to support families, Madrid 14 June 2022
This meeting sought to collect the information required for the groundwork for a support tool specifically catering to the needs of families in this situation, i.e. with a relative who believes conspiracy narratives.
RAN Thematic event: Current challenges and solutions related to working with youth on P/CVE, Vienna 22 September 2022
On 22 September 2022, youth professionals from all over the EU gathered in Vienna to discuss the current challenges and solutions related to working with youth on P/CVE. The focus of this meeting was youth and young adults between the age of 12-18 and professionals working with this target...
RAN FC&S Preventing Polarisation on a Local Level: Bringing Communities Together, Stockholm 04-05 October 2022
This paper outlines the highlights of this meeting, the current developments related to polarisation that practitioners identify within their context at the moment, the challenges practitioners face when it comes to setting up, coordinating and facilitating community dialogue, and recommendations
This manual outlines responses to FTFs and their families, returning or planning to return to their home countries within the EU, from terrorist conflict zones such as Syria and Iraq. When the term “returnees” is used in this manual, it refers to FTFs and their families (women and children).
This paper presents the main conclusions of two days of presentations and lively group discussions. Since this was the first time RAN POL had a meeting on the complex phenomenon of mass protest in combination with anti-authorities sentiments and extremists, a large portion of the first day...
This paper summarises the main conclusions following the in-depth group discussions during the small-scale expert meeting. The highlights of the discussion provide preliminary answers to the ‘why’ and ‘how’ when addressing nonviolent Islamist extremism.
RAN Practitioners Study Visit Cooperation between NGOs, non-security and security stakeholders in Germany, Nuremberg 30 June-01 July 2022
In the context of P/CVE, NGOs and other non-security stakeholders, can be – and are often already – active and trustworthy partners in terms of national and regional security.
RAN HEALTH Violent individuals with personalised ideologies and mental health issues, Rome 26-27 September 2022
This paper summarises the main conclusions following the discussion on this observed fragmentation of ideologies. It describes the phenomenon and its complexity, as well as the ensuing challenges that practitioners currently face.
Countering the misuse of gaming-related content & spaces: Inspiring practices and opportunities for cooperation with tech companies, November 2022
Video games, in-game communication features, gaming (-adjacent) platforms and other gaming-related content can support P/CVE efforts and contribute to more positive, healthy and safe experiences for players and users of all ages.
RAN HEALTH Personality disorders and mental illnesses with implications in preventing violent extremism, Helsinki 20-21 July 2022
Personality disorders and mental illnesses present amongst radicalised individuals bring additional challenges to prevention of violent extremism (PVE) efforts.
RAN PRISONS The role of multi-agency cooperation in dealing with female returnees in prison and protecting the rights of children with imprisoned parents, 5-6 April 2022
While the number of women returning or repatriated from terrorist organisations and conflict zones to the European Union (EU) has grown in recent years, the related prosecution and conviction rates are still low.
Dealing with returned women in the Western Balkans: challenges and opportunities from a practitioner’s perspective, August 2022
The paper focuses on the four case studies of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of North Macedonia and Kosovo* due to their relevance in the region when it comes to working with a significant number of cases of returned women, availability of different types of programmes...
RAN C&N Digital frontrunners: Key challenges and recommendations for online P/CVE work, Riga 16-17 June 2022
Working online has become increasingly important across almost all fields of work, especially since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic in 2020 when working from home became mandatory for many people.
Gender-specificity in practical P/CVE: Reviewing RAN Practitioners’ activities in 2021, September 2022
Gendered approaches in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) have been a topic of
professional debate for some time. Practitioners, academics and policymakers are increasingly aware of the need to formulate gender-specific responses.