The Western Balkans Extremism Research Forum is the first competitively tendered CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund) project the British Council has ever won.
Beginning last November 2016, the forum’s objective is to strengthen understanding and raise awareness of extremism threats to the UK and ultimately remove the Western Balkans as a region of threat from the UK Counter-Extremism Strategy.
Following a substantial literature review and gap analysis, five experienced researchers will closely investigate forms and threats of extremism and related ‘at risk’ communities, links to organised crime, and transnational cooperation. The researchers themselves will come from six Western Balkans countries; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia.
The project is managed by the British Embassy in Sarajevo and implemented out of the British Council office in Belgrade. The project will end in March 2019 and is worth a total value of £599,420.