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Eastern Europe and Central Asia

These regions face a diversity of violent extremism-related issues. Hundreds of returning foreign terrorist fighters, repatriating families and children present the most significant challenges. Some of the broader drivers of conflict lie in ethnic, political, economic and religious grievances and polarization. The instabilities in surrounding countries to this region due to violent extremism also pose a threat. While religiously driven violent extremism is most prominent in the region, racially and ethnically motivated violent extremism is also a growing concern.

Through various programs, we focus on empowering civil society organizations and other local stakeholders in building resilience communities and guiding local actors in developing relevant narratives to deconstruct and hinder the spread of violent extremist ideologies and rhetoric. We continue to expand research on local drivers of violent extremism and the effectiveness of CVE efforts. It is also important to promote cooperation among regional CVE organizations and institutions and to support governments in the development of effective rehabilitation and reintegration programs, as well as national CVE and communications strategies.

Programs in this region

An integrated strategic communications approach in Tunisia and Tajikistan
Program Community Resilience

An integrated strategic communications approach in Tunisia and Tajikistan

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Countering Violent Extremism Through Communications in Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan
Program National Strategies and Action Plans

Countering Violent Extremism Through Communications in Kosovo and Kyrgyzstan

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STRIVE Global
Program Community Resilience

STRIVE Global

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The Reshaping of the Terrorist and Extremist Landscape in a Post Pandemic World
Program

The Reshaping of the Terrorist and Extremist Landscape in a Post Pandemic World

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Community Policing
Program Community Resilience

Community Policing

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Resources for this region

CVE Training Curriculum – The Central Asian Edition
Interactive CVE Platform

CVE Training Curriculum – The Central Asian Edition

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Exploring the development of a strategic communication on P/CVE in Albania
Reports and Publications

Exploring the development of a strategic communication on P/CVE in Albania

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Why We Went to Fight and Why We Returned: Radicalisation and Deradicalisation – Learning from Foreign Terrorist Fighters
Reports and Publications

Why We Went to Fight and Why We Returned: Radicalisation and Deradicalisation – Learning from Foreign Terrorist Fighters

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Bringing Back the Golden Age: Hungarian Radical Right Narratives and Counter-Narratives In Light of Historical Revisionism
Reports and Publications

Bringing Back the Golden Age: Hungarian Radical Right Narratives and Counter-Narratives In Light of Historical Revisionism

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Deconstructing fake news and raising media literacy in Serbia
blog

Deconstructing fake news and raising media literacy in Serbia

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Examining Gendered Components of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Albania
Reports and Publications

Examining Gendered Components of Radicalization and Violent Extremism in Albania

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Reporting Crises: Needs Assessment Survey
Reports and Publications

Reporting Crises: Needs Assessment Survey

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The Use of Psychoeducational Training to Prevent Radicalization Leading to Violent Extremism
blog

The Use of Psychoeducational Training to Prevent Radicalization Leading to Violent Extremism

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Hedayah Presents the STRIVE Global Program
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Hedayah Presents the STRIVE Global Program

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To Be Unified (Kyrgyzstan)
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To Be Unified (Kyrgyzstan)

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Preventing Recruitment and Risk of Radicalization (Kyrgyzstan)
video

Preventing Recruitment and Risk of Radicalization (Kyrgyzstan)

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Repatriation of foreign fighters, women, and children from Syria: Prosecution trends, rehabilitation efforts, and ongoing challenges in the Western Balkans
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Repatriation of foreign fighters, women, and children from Syria: Prosecution trends, rehabilitation efforts, and ongoing challenges in the Western Balkans

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