The RAN Policy Support (PS) started its activities in January 2021 and is part of the European Commission (EC) Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN). The RAN PS aims at supporting policy makers from EU Member States and priority third countries to increase their knowledge and bolster their capacity to prevent and counter radicalisation within an open and evidence-based framework. It also offers networking opportunities, targeted and needs driven services and research analysis. ICCT's work in this project can be further explored here.
In August 2022, the Commission upgraded its support to policy makers by issuing a specific contract to extend the activities of the RAN PS to the Western Balkans partners. Support will be delivered from 2022 - 2025 in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia. This will focus on the thematic areas of:
- Ideologies and Polarisation;
- Prison, Radicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration;
- The Online Dimension and Strategic Communications;
- The Local Dimension, Communities and Resilience Building; and
- Victims and Survivors of Terrorism
About the project
Within the broader framework of the European Union policy on preventing and countering radicalisation and violent extremism (P-CVE), and the Joint Action Plan on Counterterrorism for the Western Balkans, the global objective of the RAN PS Balkans is to improve evidence-based policy formulation to radicalisation in the Western Balkans.
More specifically, the RAN PS Balkans aims to give support to Western Balkan policy makers in developing and implementing national and local P-CVE policies, by providing evidence-based data; enhancing the uptake of EU best practices and approaches; and strengthening strategic and operational cooperation within the region and with the EU on terrorism and P-CVE.
Through the implementation of its activities the RAN PS Balkans will also contribute to reduce the gap between research and policy makers. Eighteen capacity-building events, eleven specialised papers, and four research-related meetings will be organised.