The partners from different organizations from the countries of Europe, North Africa and the MENA region (Germany, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Spain, France, Finland, Greece, Iraq, Ireland, Kosovo, Lebanon, Sweden and Tunisia) that are part of the consortium of the European PAVE project met today in Istanbul, Turkey:
The first results of the investigations carried out in countries such as Iraq, Lebanon or Tunisia, which aimed to search for risk factors and resilience in the face of violent extremism, have been presented throughout the day.
In light of an increase in radicalism and violent extremism in Europe and around the world, there is a growing need to create a common political strategy and develop effective prevention measures. It seems especially relevant to analyze the local, regional and national contexts and the transnational dynamics of violent extremism in Europe and neighboring countries, and to draw concrete lessons for the Common Security and Defense Policy of the European Union (EU) and beyond.
A particular focus is paid on the assessment of existing preventive initiatives and measures to enhance community resilience in the following four thematic areas:
- The interface between religious, political and ethnic/sectarian extremisms
- The interaction between religious and state institutions
- On- and offline narratives and (de-)radicalisation
- Transnational interactions, including impact on and from Europe