What We're Reading

RESOLVE Research Advisory Council member presents this month’s must-reads.

November 2018 | Western Balkans

For this month’s What We Are Reading, RESOLVE collects literature on violent extremism in the Western Balkans. This month, in partnership with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations of the U.S. Department of State, RESOLVE is launching a new research and convening project to identify solutions to violent extremism in the Western Balkans. The project aims to increase collaboration and elevate regional understandings of violent extremist threats and vulnerabilities, building upon existing networks and initiatives already active in the region.  The readings below give background on the history of ethnic and religious divides and their consequences in the Balkans and incorporate current challenges related to radicalization, returning foreign fighters, and community resilience. Click the links below to learn more. 

Publication
Samet Shabani
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2018-02-08
This policy paper focuses on the specific factors and drivers of violent extremism in Macedonia, and aims to address the core roots of this issue by investigating the dynamics of its deve...
Article
Predrag Petrović and Florian Qehaja
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2017-01-01
The fact that from 2013 until 2015 almost 1,000 people from the Western Balkans left to fight in Syria and Iraq is a matter of ongoing concern.1 Even though the number of foreign fighters...
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Georgia Holmer and Adrian Shtuni
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2017-03-01
Various countries, especially in the Balkans and North Africa, now face the challenge of managing the return of their citizens who have fought in the Iraq and Syria conflicts.
Article
Marko Babić
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2014-11-01
Despite the fact that Macedonia achieved independence in a peaceful manner in 1991, its position has been continuously challenged in political, economic and security dimensions ever since...
Article
William W. Hagen
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1999-07-31
The war in Kosovo has reinforced the Balkans' image as a cauldron of ethnic hatred. Many commentators argue that the region has always been wracked by ancient hatreds. Others argue that t...
Publication
International Republican Institute
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2017-01-01
From February to March 2017, the International Republican Institute (IRI) conducted qualitative research with residents from four municipalities in Kosovo: Pristina, Ferizaj, Hani i Elezi...