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.
Personality disorders and mental illnesses present amongst radicalised individuals bring additional challenges to prevention of violent extremism (PVE) efforts.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Dealing with imprisoned or recently released violent extremist or terrorist offenders (VETOs), including returned foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs), is a relatively new challenge for the societies in the Western Balkans.
Until recently, rehabilitation work in the context of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) has predominantly taken place in face-to-face, in-person settings.
The digital ecosystem is becoming both ever more complex and therefore equally important for practitioners to understand.
CSOs1 have been alarmed by the increasing threat of violent right-wing extremism (VRWE) and the possible evolution of the “normalisation” of non-violent right-wing extremism (RWE) and its inseparable trait - ethnonationalism both in the Western Balkans (WBs) and in the EU.
In the aftermath of an attack there is a large hunger for information and media often turn to those who have been directly affected.
Conspiracy narratives are not new but have recently become a more pressing policy concern, as they have become prominent “drivers” of anti-government and anti-establishment sentiments.
Despite not constituting a new phenomenon, the spread of conspiracy narratives fuelling anti-authority and anti-government sentiments has increased significantly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
In recent years there has been an increasing concern about the potential for violent right-wing extremism (VRWE) in the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Kosovo*1, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.
This paper will first address the topics raised during the setting-the-scene panel, where the connection between extremism and sexism has been explained, as well as the consequences for recruitment and efforts to counter this. Then, we elaborate on the different challenges and recommendations for
Antisemitism is an old phenomenon and seemingly ever present throughout history. Many conspiracy narratives, old and new, are antisemitic. These narratives are often present in extremist ideologies.
On 24-25 May 2022, the RAN YOUNG Platform convened 25 of its members in Athens (Greece). This meeting was the latest in RAN Practitioners’ ongoing effort to engage with young actors in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) and empower them to advance themselves...
The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated a momentum for different narratives that are based on the idea of
distrusting governments and political policies.
In recent years, the importance of multi-agency work and collaboration between governments and civil
society in exit work has increased significantly.
This paper will elaborate on the main themes discussed during the meeting and will subsequently select a number of recommendations concerning the training of practitioners dealing with returning children. The paper also presents three relevant practices.
This paper summarises the discussion at the online Police and law enforcement Working Group (RAN POL) meeting held on 24 and 25 November. It starts by presenting the highlights of the discussion on different local training programmes in P/CVE from the last 2 years onwards and on practical materials.