What We're Reading
November 2017 | Kosovo

This month, the RESOLVE Network team’s “What We’re Reading” post features research addressing concepts related to ideology, governance, people, and violence in one of the Network's 10 priority countries: Kosovo. The publications below focus on popular perceptions regarding violent extremism, radicalization, and efforts to counter both; NATO's 1999 intervention and its lasting legacy; best practices in reintegrating former foreign fighters back into Kosovar communities; and drivers of violent extremism in the Balkan state. Click the links below to view the documents.

Framing Separatism as Terrorism: Lessons from Kosovo
Framing separatism as terrorism presents numerous opportunities for governments facing ethno-nationalist challenges. Namely, such framing allows states to avoid addressing the ethno-natio...
Explaining wars of choice: An integrated decision model of NATO policy in Kosovo
This study explains the behavior of democratic states during wars of choice using an integrated decision model. Integrated models are an attractive choice for explaining multifaceted deci...
Reluctant Partners: Civil–Military Cooperation in Kosovo
The NATO deployment in Kosovo provides a unique opportunity to study the effectiveness of civil–military cooperation in humanitarian interventions and other stability and support operat...
Setting Kosovo Free: Remaining Challenges
Kosovo deserves to celebrate today as the international community converts the “supervised independence” it achieved four years ago to full independence, but it must also do more to g...
Drivers of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo: Women’s Roles in Supporting, Preventing & Fighting Violent Extremism
http://www.icsve.org/research-reports/drivers-of-radicalization-and-violent-extremism-in-kosovo-womens-roles-in-supporting-preventing-fighting-violent-extremism/
The Islamic State Narrative in Kosovo Deconstructed One Story at a Time
This report aims to identify, deconstruct, analyze, contextualize and interpret the IS propaganda targeting Kosovo Albanians as well as to reveal the tools employed to spread this narrat...
Dynamics of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Kosovo
Relying in large part on primary empirical evidence, this report explores the dynamics of violent extremism in Kosovo and the disproportionately high number of radicalized fighters from t...
Mapping the State of Play of Institutional and Community Involvement in Countering Violent Extremism in Kosovo
This report identifies the key drivers of extremism in Kosovo following a holistic assessment. While there is the political will to counter violent extremism - at least compared to a lack...
Gender, Social Support, and Posttraumatic Stress in Postwar Kosovo
The effects of social support and traumatic experiences on mental health in conflict situations may be different by gender. The Kosovo Emergency Department Study was conducted in July and...
Women in Violent Extremism: Lessons learned from Kosovo
The purpose of this research is to shed light on the women from Kosovo who participate in violent extremists organizations and potential consequences deriving from their role. While the r...
The Citizens’ Views against Violent Extremism and Radicalization in Kosovo – Reports
Kosova Security barometer (bKS) is a special program of the Kosova Centre for Security Studies (KCSS), designed to serve as an annual publication. Apart from general findings, the program...
Reintegration of Returning Foreign Fighters: What approach best suits Kosovo?
As in many other countries of the world, Kosovo is also challenged by the phenomenon of violent extremism. Special challenge poses the returning foreign fighters in Kosovo, as well as ind...
How Kosovo Was Turned Into Fertile Ground for ISIS
Extremist clerics and secretive associations funded by Saudis and others have transformed a once-tolerant Muslim society into a font of extremism.
Community Level Recommendations for Preventing Violent Extremism in Kosovo
This is an updated assessment based on recommendations of a UNDP supported assessment conducted in 2015 to inform the Kosovo’s CVE strategy. Commissioned by UNDP and the MoIA, this rese...
Public Pulse Analysis on Prevention of Violent Extremism in Kosovo
This study has analyzed the perceptions of Kosovans regarding violent extremism and the resilience of Kosovan society vis-à-vis internal and external pressures conducive to the penetrati...
Understanding Local Drivers of Violent Extremism in Kosovo
From February to March 2017, the International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted qualitative research with residents from four municipalities in Kosovo – Pristina, Ferizaj, Hani i El...