An Overview of Policies and Efforts on P/CVE in the Western Balkans
Diona Kusari
/ Categories: Publikimet

An Overview of Policies and Efforts on P/CVE in the Western Balkans

December 2021

Violent extremism and terrorism have caused a worldwide distress leading to a global mobilization to initiate multidisciplinary approaches in tackling the issue. After the unrest in Syria sparked a civil war and the Russian aggression in Ukraine started, Western Balkan countries faced a serious challenge after becoming hotbeds of foreign fighters when a number of their citizens joined these conflicts. Preventing their citizens from joining foreign conflicts, as well as acts of targeted violence and terrorism was of upmost importance for these countries. The aim of this policy analysis is to shed light on how the six Western Balkan countries dealt with preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). It is intended to be the first of a series of analysis on the issue. While this paper will focus on specific country initiatives and actor-based analysis, the upcoming publications will provide a regional statistical outlook concerning the phenomenon of foreign fighters, including the repatriation and reintegration initiatives, convictions, as well as the challenges faced by the six Western Balkan countries.
Previous Article The Economic Normalisation Agreements and Foreign Policy Implications for Kosovo and Serbia
Next Article SEFTA 'The New Proposal for Cooperation in the Western Balkans'
Print
567 Rate this article:
No rating
Programs
  • Foreign Politics
Publication Year
  • 2020
Latest Publications
 
SEFTA 'The New Proposal for Cooperation in the Western Balkans' 17 January 20220

SEFTA 'The New Proposal for Cooperation in the Western Balkans'

Regional cooperation in the Balkans is accompanied by a deep mistrust between states. Various initiatives initiated by the European Union or EU members, have installed various mechanisms to facilitate regional relations and maximize benefits for all participating countries. However, this has often not been the case. This Policy Note analyzes in a comparative context the government proposal with the existing economic cooperation agreement. Meanwhile, it provides an overview of how the new proposal would work, in the normative framework.
An Overview of Policies and Efforts on P/CVE in the Western Balkans 20 December 20210

An Overview of Policies and Efforts on P/CVE in the Western Balkans

The aim of this policy analysis is to shed light on how the six Western Balkan countries dealt with preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). It is intended to be the first of a series of analysis on the issue. While this paper will focus on specific country initiatives and actor-based analysis, the upcoming publications will provide a regional statistical outlook concerning the phenomenon of foreign fighters, including the repatriation and reintegration initiatives, convictions, as well as the challenges faced by the six Western Balkan countries.
The Economic Normalisation Agreements and Foreign Policy Implications for Kosovo and Serbia 14 December 20210

The Economic Normalisation Agreements and Foreign Policy Implications for Kosovo and Serbia

1 year has passed since the signing of the Washington agreement for economic normalization between Kosovo and Serbia.

PIPS has evaluated and analyzed the implementation of 5 key points from this agreement as follows:
(1) designation of Hezbollah as a whole as a terrorist organization
(2) participation in Mini-Schengen (Open Balkans)
(3) compliance with the moratorium which suspended Kosovo's applications for membership in international organizations
(4) mutual recognition and the establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel for Kosovo, namely the relocation of the Embassy in Jerusalem for Serbia; and
(5) working with other countries to promote the decriminalization of homosexuality

Kosovo has met 4 of these points, while Serbia only 2 of them.

This publication clarifies the political context and the actions taken by both parties to realize these points.
Disinformation in the Western Balkan countries and the necessity for a firm response 15 November 20210

Disinformation in the Western Balkan countries and the necessity for a firm response

In our latest paper, PIPS analyzed Kosovo's approach and its role in the global fight against misinformation. Similar to other parts of the globe, in recent years the Western Balkans has seen an increase in disinformation and hybrid wars.

In the Western Balkans, the main purposes of fake news include, among other things, undermining the legitimacy and sovereignty of Kosovo's statehood, changing the narratives of war and war crimes, and undermining the West's credibility regarding state-building in Kosovo. News about Kosovo, in addition to being a dominant topic in the Serbian media, is often the subject of inaccurate reporting. Narratives spread by biased media also focus on weakening support for Euro-Atlantic institutions.

Such developments are an obstacle to regional integration and cooperation, which is why in this policy analysis PIPS has listed opportunities and recommendations for the government of Kosovo and the EU to address this phenomenon.
RSS