Contexts of extremism in MENA and Balkan societies

Title: Contexts of extremism in MENA and Balkan societies
Acronym: CONNEKT
Years: 2020–2024
Funded by: European Commission – Horizon 2020, grant# 870772
Role: Member of the executive committee, project coordinator of work package 4, principal investigator at the University of Sarajevo
Description: Research and innovative action on drivers and contexts of violent extremism in the broader MENA region and the Balkans


CONNEKT (Contexts of Violent Extremism in MENA and Balkan Societies) is a Horizon 2020 EU-funded research project that explores the drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism among young people aged from 12 to 30 in eight countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Kosovo, Morocco, North Macedonia, and Tunisia.

The project will map and establish interrelationships and specific significance of seven potential drivers within three different levels of analysis.

The research relies on qualitative, quantitative and empirical fieldwork to build a consistent and comprehensive picture of the phenomenon. Gender, youth and social perceptions and expectations are cross-cutting lines of analysis throughout the research and intervention stages.


Research outputs:

Strategic policy suggestions towards a new approach in countering violent extremism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Muamer Hirkić, Damir Kapidžić & Sead Turčalo. 2022.

Drivers of radicalisation and violent extremism in the light of state dynamics in MENA and the Balkans
Damir Kapidžić (Edt.). 2021.

Macro-level Drivers in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Damir Kapidžić, Muamer Hirkić, Anida Dudić, Sead Turčalo, Sanela Bašić & Sarina Bakić. 2021.

National Approaches to Extremism: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Damir Kapidžić, Anida Dudić, Veldin Kadić & Sead Turčalo. 2020.