A lively discussion in Barcelona on gaps in researching
on violent extremism in the Middle East and North Africa,
Balkans, and Europe, has marked on the 10th
February 2020 the launching of the EU-funded
research project Connekt.
The project is led by the IEMed and it is aimed
at mapping factors conducting to radicalisation
among youth in order to improve prevention.
IEMed | Barcelona
Monday 10th February 2020
Focused on young people aged between 12 and 30 from the MENA region and the Balkans, Connekt (Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies) will analyse seven potential radicalisation factors (religion, digitisation, economic deprivation, territorial inequalities, transnational dynamics, socio-political demands, and educational, cultural and leisure opportunities) on three levels (transnational, community and individual) in order to determine their interrelations and specific significance.
Through an interdisciplinary team formed by 14 partners from the region, an innovative methodology will be applied that, along with universities and think tanks, involves civil society actors and local authorities to recommend, based on the results of the empirical research, tools and measures to prevent violent extremism that can be applied both to the countries under study and the European Union.