ICCT is a core partner in the Radicalisation Awareness Network Policy Support in the Western Balkans project. Funded by the European Commission (DG NEAR), this multi-year effort provides support for prevent and counter-radicalisation work in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Serbia.
More specifically, the RAN PS Western Balkans aims to support policymakers in developing and implementing national and local P/CVE policies by providing evidence-based data, by enhancing uptake of EU best practices and approaches; and by strengthening strategic and operational cooperation within the region and with the EU on terrorism and P/CVE.
Activities include capacity-building events, specialised papers, and research-related meetings on a range of topics including:
- 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
In this project, ICCT is a functional unit coordinator overseeing the organisation of the network's capacity-building and knowledge-sharing events. ICCT is also a lead implementing partner, providing subject matter expertise on risk assessment, the prison-exit continuum, monitoring & evaluation, and other issues.
RAN Policy Support in the Western Balkans is an expansion of the European Commission's RAN Policy Support project, which started activities in January 2021 to support EU policymakers on similar topics.
The project is delivered by an EU-wide consortium of research institutions, led by CIVIPOL.