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Paris will host the PAVE project work sessions about prevention of violent extremism

From 22 to 24 of February, a working meeting of the European project PAVE is celebrated in Paris. This project, in which the Euro-Arab Foundation participates, focuses its works in guide the policies of violent extremism prevention in the European Union.

At the second working meeting of the PAVE project –“Understanding the causes of radicalization and violent extremism”, will gather the different members of the consortium from different countries of the MENA region (North Africa and Middle East), Western Europe and Southeast Europe, to present the conclusions of the field investigations that have been carried out in the past year, about risk factors and resilience to violent extremism.

In the PAVE project, funded by the European Horizon 2020 programme, in which it is involved the Euro-Arab Foundation with another 13 partners, special attention is given to evaluation in the initiatives and preventive measures that exist to improve the community resilience into four thematic areas that are: the interrelation between religious, political and ethnic extremism; the interaction between religious and state institutions; (de)radicalisation narratives and transnational interactions, including the impact on and from Europe.

 Alongside the planned working meeting, a symposium has been scheduled to exchange ideas and experiences among researchers of the PAVE project and another two consortia with which this project has been collaborating in similar initiatives, CONNEKT or PREVEX. The symposium, to be held throughout Wednesday 23 February, will discuss at its first session the possible harmonization of the different terminological approaches and the delineation of the scope of available policy instruments to address the phenomenon of radicalization, violent extremism and terrorism.

The second session will be a sharing of the strategies and the data with those that work the different participant consortia, with the goal of promoting among all  an vision more holistic and reinforced, when it comes to understanding the interventions of the community actors and developing the formulation of specific policies and initiatives directed by the community.

A session will also be devoted to analyzing the characteristics that exist in the relationship between gender, religion, ethnicity and political context with violent extremism. The results obtained in the field studies carried out in the regional Balkan and in the MENA region area will be analyzed at the following sessions, debate in which the researcher Josep García Coll of the Euro-Arab Foundation will be involved.

In these sessions is intended to identify the regional tendencies and its implications for the development of prevention policies and strategies of violent extremism. The methodological challenges encountered in conducting the research and the strategies used to mitigate them will also be discussed.

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