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.
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
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.
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.