Challenges and Approaches to Violent Extremism in the Western Balkans
On March 6, 2018, the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University and the International Republican Institute (IRI) co-hosted an event on the challenges facing the governments of the Western Balkans in their efforts to prevent violent extremism. A panel of experts discussed foreign terrorist fighters from the Balkans in Syria and Iraq, their potential return to the region, and the options in place for local governments and civil society organizations to respond to violent extremism and radicalization.
The discussion was moderated by Program on Extremism research fellow Bennett Clifford and hosted:
- Dr. Vlado Azinovic, an expert on violent extremism in the Balkans from the Atlantic Initiative in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Dr. Edina Becirevic, an expert on violent extremism in the Balkans from the Atlantic Initiative in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- Paul McCarthy, IRI's Regional Deputy Director for Europe