Understanding Local Drivers of Violent Extremism in Kosovo
abstract
From February to March 2017, the International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted qualitative research with residents from four municipalities in Kosovo – Pristina, Ferizaj, Hani i Elezit, and Kacanik – in order to understand the local drivers of vulnerability to violent extremism in these communities. Three of the four municipalities were selected based on the fact that they represent geographic areas from which a disproportionately high number of European terrorist fighters have been recruited. Pristina was included to offer a contrast to participants who voiced grievances related to regionalism, and because it is the central point of coordination on issues related to violent extremism in Kosovo.

This report is based on focus group discussions (FGDs) and in-depth interviews with residents of these four target municipalities.

IRI’s approach to preventing violent extremism is anchored in three phases: understand, inform, and equip. This report represents the first phase.