Kosovar Centre for Security Studies
Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) is an independent policy research centre founded in April 2008 and based in Prishtina, Kosovo. KCSS is dedicated to security sector development and reform in Kosovo and the Western Balkans. It proactively promotes the principles of good governance, integrity and resilience. KCSS has been building and offering alternative expertise in security studies, by filling a void in a limited academic contribution in the field in Kosovo.
For several years now, KCSS has been the leading think tank in Kosovo on researching the issue of violent extremism, radicalization and terrorism implemented around 10 projects in Kosovo and the KCSS region. The centre, individually or as part of regional and international consortia, has published research reports on push and pull factors related to C/PVE and risk and threats from violent extremism and radicalization.
KCSS aims to enhance the effectiveness by supporting the SSR programs through its research, events, training, advocacy and direct policy advice. Advancing new ideas and social science methods are also core values of the centre. In addition to publishing policy analyses and policy briefs, KCSS also runs public events including conferences, round-tables, and debates, in Kosovo but also in collaboration with regional and international partners.
KCSS is the leader of WP5 in which research regarding online and offline extremism will be conducted. KCSS will compile a baseline study and participate in defining the methodology for the project fieldwork. The research will include a variety of different data gathering methods, such as interviews, focus group discussion, content analysis etc. The KCSS team will conduct fieldwork in Kosovo and North Macedonia, in collaboration with ELIAMEP. It will include youth as a cross-cutting issue throughout all its research activities.