Contexts of Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies (CONNEKT) is a Horizon 2020 research and innovative action project starting in 2020 (call H2020-SC6-GOVERNANCE-2019 – Governance for the Future).
I am very glad to lead this project in front of the University of Sarajevo together with a team of talented and young researchers.
The 42 month long project involves 13 partners from the EU, MENA and the Balkans (Instituto Europeo del Mediterraneo-lead, American University in Cairo, Generations for Peace-Jordan, Jasmine Foundation for Research and Communication-Tunis, University Moulay Ismail, University of Sarajevo, Kosovar Institute for Policy Research and Development, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Forumi Rinor Islam-N.Macedonia, Center for the Study of Democracy-Bulgaria, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, University of Graz, and Universitat Rovira i Virgili. Research is planned in 8 target countries (Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Bulgaria).
The aim is to establish a multi-dimensional map of drivers of violent extremism among youth and to identify the interplay between them. The multi-disciplinary research and the multi-stakeholder approach allows the enrichment of empirical and academic research in order to draw a comprehensive picture of the drivers of violent extremism among youth in target countries.
Together with my team and the project partners I am looking forward to an exciting few years of research.