Western Balkans Extremism Research Forum is a regional, UK government funded, research project on violent extremism aiming to assess dimensions of threats emanating from the Western Balkans region. It aims to enhance understanding and increase ability of the UK and its Western Balkans partners to address radicalization.

The research is conducted by a team of local researchers and will address a series of questions including those about forms and threats of extremism, drivers of radicalisation, at risk communities, links to organised crime and transnational co-operation. The findings will lead into policy analysis and recommendations that will provide decision-makers with a stronger evidence-base for development of effective national counter violent extremism policies and programming responses that increase resilience to extremism.

Research phase will be followed by a series of round tables and conferences in 2018 across the Western Balkans region, including presentation of findings at a conference in the UK.

Aiming to increase the outreach and enhance future research, the Literature review, research reports and policy analysis papers will be made available to the wider public at British Council websites.

The project is implemented by the British Council in partnership with the INCORE – University of Ulster, in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

This two-and-a-half-year project started in November 2016 and will end in March 2019.

For more information about the project you may contact the British Council at