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13 partners from 12 countries: The European research project PAVE aims to examine driving and mitigating factors of radicalisation and violent extremism in the Balkans and MENA region.

In the light of an increase in radicalism and violent extremism in Europe and worldwide, there is a growing need for a common political strategy and effective prevention measures.

PAVE aims to tackle the global issue of radicalisation by examining its root causes and driving factors. Based on a participatory and inter-regional approach, we aim to advance evidence-based knowledge on violent extremism in the broader Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and the Western Balkans, and to strengthen the capacity of policy-makers and community leaders for an effective prevention strategy between the European Union and its neighbourhood.

The research endeavour will encompass empirical studies and comparative analyses in selected municipalities of:

Bosnia and Herzegovina
North Macedonia

We will assess existing preventive initiatives and measures to enhance community resilience in four focus areas:

Interface between religious, political and ethnic/sectarian extremisms
Interaction between religious and state institutions
On- and offline narratives and (de-)radicalisation
Transnational interactions, including impact on and from Europe

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