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The Utility of Conspiracy Theories and How to Combat Them

Date: 25.09.2020

Covid-19 has been exploited by extremists and terrorists. It has provided them with a route to continue their campaign of terror. On a strategic front, Islamists have used it as a means to broadcast a message that governments are overstretched dealing with Covid-19, meaning this is the perfect opportunity ... read more


The EU’s Role in Fighting Disinformation: Taking Back the Initiative

Date: 21.09.2020

Summary:  Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Europe and the West are grappling with a host of thorny dilemmas posed by disinformation and foreign influence operations. read more


Stoltenberg and Hoti talked about regional security in NATO HQ

Date: 09.09.2020

BRUSSELS – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg met Kosovo* Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti for the first time at NATO Headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday for talks on current developments in the Western Balkans. read more


BIRN Fact-check: Can Montenegro Withdraw from NATO?

Date: 08.09.2020

Whatever the programmes and wishes of the new ruling majority in Montenegro, the treaty the country has signed forbids it from even starting withdrawal for 20 years. read more


Kapetanovic: Growing number of internet users is an unimaginable potential for blossom of cybercrime, we need to step up our protection

Date: 02.09.2020

Online Training: “Communication and Information Systems Protection” organized by RCC read more


SEENSA Online Training: “Communication and Information Systems Protection”

Date: 31.08.2020

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) in the framework of the South East European National Security Authorities (SEENSA) initiative, is to organise the online training “Communication and Information Systems Protection” on 1-2 September 2020.   The aim of the training is to raise capacities ... read more


In Bosnia’s First ‘Deradicalised’ Syria Fighter, Limited Lessons

Date: 24.08.2020

Munib Ahmetspahic expressed regret for having joined the Islamic State in Syria. A Court declared him “deradicalised”, but experts say his case provides few real lessons for the fight against religious radicalism. Standing in a Bosnian courtroom in April last year, Munib Ahmetspahic ... read more


Analysis: Balkan States Find Prosecuting Terrorism a Challenge

Date: 21.08.2020

Evidence in terrorism cases is proving difficult to find, while experts warn that the reintegration and rehabilitation of foreign fighters is an even greater challenge. read more


The Ongoing Trouble With Counter-Narratives: Why Evaluation May Not Be Everything

Date: 12.08.2020

The last ten years have seen a stark increase in the proliferation of counter-narratives, alternative narratives and strategic communication campaigns used as soft power tools to mitigate the risk of radicalization into extremism. These measures rest on the assumption that radicalization is partially ... read more


Spotlight - publication on the topic of violent right-wing extremism

Date: 04.08.2020

The first Spotlight – ‘Violent right-wing extremism in focus’ – features original articles written by practitioners, film content, interviews with practitioners about their work, a feature on a stand-out project and plenty more. read more


The Propaganda Pipeline: The ISIS Fuouaris Upload Network on Facebook

Date: 03.08.2020

A few days ago, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) published an informative new Briefing, entitled, The Propaganda Pipeline The ISIS Fuouaris Upload Network on Facebook, edited by Moustafa Ayad, ISD’s Deputy Director of International Technology, Communications and Education. read more


Watch RAN Film: Foreign terrorist fighters (FTFs) and their families

Date: 03.08.2020

A short five-minute film, produced by RAN, provides an introduction to the topic of returnees. We hear from four voices who offer different perspectives on the challenge facing EU Member States today, including a policymaker, a researcher, a practitioner working with returnees in prisons and a practitioner ... read more


EU fight against terrorism: terrorist list renewed for a further six months and one person added to the ISIL/Da'esh and Al-Qaida list

Date: 31.07.2020

The Council today renewed the so-called EU terrorist list, which sets out the persons, groups and entities subject to restrictive measures aimed at combating terrorism. Persons, groups and entities on the list are subject to the freezing of funds and other financial assets in the EU. It is also prohibited ... read more


EU imposes the first ever sanctions against cyber-attacks

Date: 30.07.2020

The Council today decided to impose restrictive measures against six individuals and three entities responsible for or involved in various cyber-attacks. These include the attempted cyber-attack against the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) and those publicly known as 'WannaCry', ... read more


Preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism: Council adopts conclusions on EU external action

Date: 19.06.2020

The Council today adopted conclusions reiterating its unwavering commitment to protecting EU citizens against terrorism and violent extremism in all their forms and irrespective of their origin. The conclusions highlight the threats posed by evolving forms of terrorism, and call for further strengthening ... read more


INFODEMIC - spreading fake news is almost as dangerous as spreading the virus, Op-ed by Amer Kapetanovic, Head of Political Department (RCC)

Date: 12.05.2020

INFODEMIC - spreading fake news is almost as dangerous as spreading the virus, Op-ed by Amer Kapetanovic, Head of Political Department (RCC)   read more


Declaration by the High Representative Josep Borrell, on behalf of the European Union, on malicious cyber activities exploiting the coronavirus pandemic

Date: 30.04.2020

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads around the world, the European Union and its Member States have observed cyber threats and malicious cyber activities targeting essential operators in Member States and their international partners, including in the healthcare sector. Since the beginning of the pandemic, ... read more


How Religiosity Hinders the Fight Against COVID-19

Date: 30.04.2020

As we move into month five of the global COVID-19 outbreak one thing we have learned is the importance of social distancing. Despite the massive disruption to the economy, the need to maintain the healthcare system in order to save lives has brought countries to a near standstill. According to Dr Alistair ... read more


Germany's AfD considers party split amid controversy over radical wing

Date: 20.04.2020

AfD co-leader Jörg Meuthen has suggested splitting the far-right party, saying the radical "Wing" faction is costing them votes. The AfD has come under pressure following right-wing extremist attacks in Germany. Infighting within the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party intensified ... read more


COVID - 19 pandemic causes by far the largest-ever cyber security threat to the region and world

Date: 16.04.2020

RCC hosts online SENSA and SEEMIC meetings amid COVID-19 pandemic read more


How Video Games Could Facilitate Radicalization Processes

Date: 13.04.2020

In Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, the lead character escapes the harsh reality of his daily life by playing a massive virtual reality game, stating that this game is the “only place that feels like I mean anything” and that “it’s a place where the limits of reality are your own imagination ... read more


Turkey freezes assets of groups linked to Daesh, al-Qaida

Date: 10.04.2020

Turkey on Thursday froze the assets of three organizations linked to Daesh and al-Qaida terror groups in line with a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution. According to the Official Gazette, Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) and two groups affiliated with Daesh operating in Iraq, ... read more


Extremists See Global Chaos From Virus as an Opportunity

Date: 07.04.2020

JOHANNESBURG — Both the Islamic State group and al-Qaida see the coronavirus as a threat, but some of their fighters also see the upheaval from the pandemic as an opportunity to win over more supporters and strike harder than before. Messages from the Islamic extremist groups show concern about ... read more


The National: Neo-Nazis eye coronavirus pandemic as rallying cry, experts warn

Date: 06.04.2020

As the world grapples with coronavirus, far-right hate groups and neo-Nazis are using the pandemic to try to recruit followers and spread hateful rhetoric, experts have warned. The coronavirus originated in China’s Wuhan city and has since spread all over the world, with the number of infected ... read more


Newsweek: How Neo-Nazis Are Exploiting Coronavirus to Push Their Radical Agenda

Date: 31.03.2020

Nations across the world are mobilizing to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought more travel disruption, financial strain and widespread panic than any other event in recent history. But not everyone is hoping for a quick and painless end to the crisis. For neo-Nazis, white supremacists ... read more


Prevention Remains Biggest Challenge to Bosnia’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Date: 25.03.2020

Bosnia’s Strategy for Prevention and Combatting Terrorism, which expires this year, has not received nearly enough resources to succeed – and clear terrorism prevention systems have yet to be set up in all local communities, analysis by BIRN shows. read more


Bosnian Media Reports on Terrorism Spread Fear and Misinformation

Date: 12.03.2020

Sensationalist media reporting about terrorism and violent extremism in Bosnia and Herzegovina exaggerates the phenomenon, spreading fear while distorting public understanding of a complex issue. read more


Society should provide young people with knowledge and skills to resist negative influence and propaganda of extremists and radicalized groups

Date: 05.03.2020

RCC holds community dialogue in Tirana with students from all over Western Balkans Tirana – “Numbers speak louder than words on the scope of vulnerability of youth to online radicalisation and violent extremism, often leading to terrorism. The World Bank finds that 23% of youngsters in the Western ... read more


Kapetanovic: Responsible journalism is about consequences it causes to a society rather than about number of clicks or likes

Date: 04.03.2020

RCC’s regional workshop in Skopje discusses relationship between radicalization, extremism, terrorism, and media and journalism read more


Event announcement: Regional workshop ‘Community Dialogue with Youth at Risk’, Tirana, 5 March 2020

Date: 21.02.2020

Event announcement: Regional workshop ‘Community Dialogue with Youth at Risk’, Tirana, 5 March 2020 read more


Read new RAN Factbook ‒ Islamist extremism

Date: 18.02.2020

This factbook provides an overview of the fundamental elements of violent Islamist extremism to enable recognition of its symbols, vocabulary, recruitment tactics and narratives used in various settings, including online, in our schools, local communities, or prisons. There are multiple manifestations ... read more


Prevention Remains Biggest Challenge to Bosnia’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy

Date: 14.02.2020

Bosnia’s Strategy for Prevention and Combatting Terrorism, which expires this year, has not received nearly enough resources to succeed – and clear terrorism prevention systems have yet to be set up in all local communities, analysis by BIRN shows. read more


Balkan ‘Social Media Jihadis’ More Dangerous than Ex-Fighters

Date: 20.12.2019

Concern in the Balkans since the collapse of the Islamic State caliphate has focused on the threat posed by returning fighters. But experts say those who fight online are a greater danger. read more


Countering hybrid threats: Council calls for enhanced common action

Date: 11.12.2019

Saudi Arabia, Deradicalization, Deradicalization Program, Successful, pcve, rcc, pcve, P-CVE, extremism, radicalisation, radicalization, violent extremism, radicalization into violence, Regional cooperation Council, Vijeće za regionalnu saradnju, sigurnost, security, prevencija, referalni mehanizam, ... read more


RCC: We need dynamic regional responses to modern security challenges

Date: 09.12.2019

RCC hosts conference: Regional Response to Security Challenges in South East Europe taking place in Trieste today Trieste – “83% of Europeans agree that fake news is a threat to democracy, yet it has become a new normalcy, sitting between a freedom of speech and freedom to hate. Fake news is ... read more


RCC takes IISG – Western Balkans’ internal security governance platform under its wing

Date: 21.11.2019

Integrative Internal Security Governance (IISG) Board has endorsed functional merger with the RCC as of April 2020 read more


Bosnian Salafist Preachers Calibrate Message to Growing Audience

Date: 18.11.2019

Salafist preachers, or Da’is, are harnessing the power of social media to increase their influence in Bosnia, dialing down their rhetoric but still challenging fundamental rights. read more


Europe’s State of Denial About Islamic State Returnees

Date: 11.11.2019

The latest developments in Syria should serve as a warning to European countries that they will not be able to put off indefinitely the challenge of repatriating their nationals who had joined Islamic State (IS) and their families. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed, but jihadists ... read more


READ: Joint statement and conclusions from 11th SEEMIC Conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 5–7 November 2019

Date: 06.11.2019

Directors of Military Intelligence Agencies and high level representatives from South East Europe (SEEMIC): Albania, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey have met on November 6, 2019 in Ljubljana, at the 11th ... read more


Go through "Gender equality in security sector reform in South East Europe" presentation by Bojana Balon, Head of SEEMIC

Date: 06.11.2019

Bojana Balon, Head of South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) read more


Resonant Voices Initiative: Far-Right Balkan Groups Flourish on the Net

Date: 04.11.2019

Excluded from the mainstream media, whose content is more heavily policed, the purveyors of extreme ideologies are spreading their messages of fear and hatred on social networks. read more


Heads of SEE National Security Authorities meet in Tirana: 2020 to be devoted to strengthening of industrial and cyber security in South East Europe

Date: 25.10.2019

Tirana –The year 2020 will be devoted to further strengthening the capacities of the National Security Authorities (NSA) in industrial security and cyber security, as concluded at the meeting of Heads of NSA from South East Europe (SEENSA), held in Tirana on 24 October 2019. The adopted set of ... read more


Read: Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online

Date: 22.10.2019

The fourth evaluation on the Code of Conduct on Countering Illegal Hate Speech Online confirms continuous progress on the swift removal of illegal hate speech. While the fight against hate speech needs to continue and be further strengthened, the Code is delivering on its key commitments. It proves ... read more


Resonant Voices Initiative: Far-Right Balkan Groups Flourish on the Net

Date: 18.10.2019

Excluded from the mainstream media, whose content is more heavily policed, the purveyors of extreme ideologies are spreading their messages of fear and hatred on social networks. read more


Obstacles to countering online radicalization in contemporary democracies

Date: 17.10.2019

Obstacles to countering online radicalization in contemporary democracies read more


A day in the life of a psychologist at the Criminal State Police Office of Bavaria

Date: 14.10.2019

Antje Götz-Bungarten is a psychologist at the Bavarian Criminal State Police Office (Germany) and works in a special section against radicalisation. The most challenging part of her job is that the patients are not asking for help. Learn how she overcomes these difficulties. read more


Counter-Terrorism: Commission and the authorities of Albania and North Macedonia endorse arrangements on counterterrorism cooperation

Date: 10.10.2019

Wednesday, 9 October, 2019 Today, Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos endorsed two sets of arrangements for the implementation of the Western Balkans Joint Action Plan on Counterterrorism – with the Albanian Minister of Internal Affairs Sandër ... read more


EU home affairs ministers discussed counter-terrorism, hybrid threats and migration

Date: 09.10.2019

The EU Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) met in Luxembourg on 7–8 October. The Council was chaired by Minister of the Interior Maria Ohisalo. The first item on the agenda for the meeting of home affairs ministers on 8 October was combatting the sexual abuse of children. The Council adopted ... read more


DW: 'Deepfake' technology sees dramatic rise

Date: 08.10.2019

The technology that can realistically manipulate footage is mostly being used for pornography, says a new report. It has also caused several major political scandals already. read more


Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe On The Net – Analysis

Date: 01.10.2019

While Balkan countries have curbed the flow of fighters to foreign wars, the online space is still a haven for Islamist extremists who remain out of reach there, recruiting and spreading messages of hate. By Fatjona Mejdini, Marija Ristic, Denis Dzidic, Ervin Qafmolla, Sinisa Jakov Marusic and Natalia ... read more


Isolated Among Extremists: Conditions Deteriorate for Children of Islamic State

Date: 27.09.2019

Saudi Arabia, Deradicalization, Deradicalization Program, Successful, pcve, rcc, pcve, P-CVE, extremism, radicalisation, radicalization, violent extremism, radicalization into violence, Regional cooperation Council, Vijeće za regionalnu saradnju, sigurnost, security, prevencija, referalni mehanizam, ... read more


How Crime Helps Finance Radical-Right Terrorism

Date: 19.09.2019

Armed robberies were often the first crimes nascent right-wing extremist organizations carried out after deciding to take the terrorist “option.” read more


EU policy: preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online

Date: 17.09.2019

EU policy: preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online Author: JORDY KRASENBERG The use of the internet for recruitment and the dissemination of violent extremist materials raises significant policy challenges for the European Union (EU), its Member States, and content sharing platforms ... read more


Terrorism in the EU: terror attacks, deaths and arrests

Date: 09.09.2019

The numbers of victims of jihadist terrorism has decreased and the authorities managed to foil more attacks in 2018 compared to previous years. However, according to Catherine De Bolle internal threats to security are still high in the EU. Speaking at a meeting of Parliament’s civil liberties ... read more


The Islamist Challenge in Germany

Date: 06.09.2019

Germany has witnessed a growth of Islamist extremism in recent years. Before looking at the causes, it is useful to map out the landscape: The Key Islamist Groups in Germany According to Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKA) report in 2018, the main Salafist jihadist ... read more


Rethinking Counterterrorism Strategies for Facing the Far-Right and Islamic Extremism

Date: 02.09.2019

The terrorist attacks occurring in the two decades since 2001 in various corners in the world raise serious questions about the features of violence and radicalisation. Common to all of the attacks is the lives they destroy, but the ideologies do differ and all require condemnation. Understanding ... read more


Regional cooperation – Main topic of Helsinki meeting

Date: 30.08.2019

Regional cooperation – Main topic of Helsinki meeting read more


Psychological Resilience: The Next frontier for Counterterrorism

Date: 29.08.2019

Recent years have seen an increase in terrorist attacks utilizing everyday objects such as cars rather than perpetrating the violent act with weapons or explosives. Prominent examples are the Christmas market attack in Germany 2016, the vehicle attack in Nice or the attacks in Britain, on Westminster ... read more


DW: Germany's far-right: Police to restructure as threat of extremism grows

Date: 27.08.2019

Germany's federal criminal police agency wants to overhaul the structures it uses to fight far-right groups and hate crimes, media reports say. The organization sees a growing threat of militant extremism in the country. read more


How online extremists are shaping the minds of white teens - How I stopped my teenager being recruited online

Date: 26.08.2019

A mother expressed her concern about extremist content poisoning the minds of boys as they use the internet, in a post that went viral. She thinks there are warning signs parents should heed. In an age where anyone can access just about anything on the internet, white boys in the US seem particularly ... read more


BIRN - Bosnia Failing in Fight against Extremism Online

Date: 19.08.2019

The tools are there to identify and remove extremist online content, but Bosnia isn’t using them. read more


Terrorism Studies: The Need for Cooperation Among Researchers and Journalists

Date: 06.08.2019

Guy Van Vlierden notes that at the current time in terrorism studies, journalists are finding a lot of primary material, yet they come to it without background knowledge. This is where journalists can come together with researchers and analysts, who can help provide crucial context. For example, ... read more


Download all relevant P/CVE documents at IISG website

Date: 02.08.2019

The IISG (Integrative Internal Security Governance) is a new approach to internal security governance capacity-building and reform introduced in the Western Balkan region. The concept enables a coordinated, aligned and sustainable effort in the major fields of internal security governance reform on ... read more


A day in the life of the Institute of Social Safety’s Chairman

Date: 30.07.2019

Saudi Arabia, Deradicalization, Deradicalization Program, Successful, pcve, rcc, pcve, P-CVE, extremism, radicalisation, radicalization, violent extremism, radicalization into violence, Regional cooperation Council, Vijeće za regionalnu saradnju, sigurnost, security, prevencija, referalni mehanizam, ... read more


Upload filters and one-hour takedowns: the EU’s latest fight against terrorism online, explained

Date: 29.07.2019

Upload filters and one-hour takedowns: the EU’s latest fight against terrorism online, explained Though acts of terrorism take place in the real world, they attain a kind of online afterlife. Materials like those from the recent Christchurch shooting proliferate as supporters upload them to any ... read more


JHA : Commissioner King calls on EU legislator to make progress in fight against radical online content and access to electronic evidence

Date: 25.07.2019

The European Union is still facing major challenges in ensuring a better level of security for its citizens, in particular with regard to the fight against online terrorist content or, with regard to the police, access to electronic evidence. These are the two areas where work will need to be relaunched ... read more


Counterterrorism Operation in Italy Uncovers Massive Far-Right Weapons Cache

Date: 24.07.2019

On 15 July, the General Investigations and Special Operations Division (DIGOS) of the Italian Police, in charge of investigating crimes involving political violence, terrorism, and organized crime, detained three men and seized a large arsenal of weapons, including a French-made Matra Super 530 air-to-air ... read more


FP: Germany Has a Neo-Nazi Terrorism Epidemic

Date: 23.07.2019

How many political murders do far-right extremists have to commit before the German government does something about it? read more


EU States Eye Tribunal to Prosecute Islamic State Fighters

Date: 22.07.2019

Officials from 11 European countries met in Stockholm, Sweden, Monday to discuss creating a tribunal to prosecute Islamic State fighters. Representatives from Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom attended the meeting. ... read more


European Ethno-Nationalist and White Supremacy Groups

Date: 19.07.2019

Saudi Arabia, Deradicalization, Deradicalization Program, Successful, pcve, rcc, pcve, P-CVE, extremism, radicalisation, radicalization, violent extremism, radicalization into violence, Regional cooperation Council, Vijeće za regionalnu saradnju, sigurnost, security, prevencija, referalni mehanizam, ... read more


Declaration of the Summit of the South East European Cooperation Process

Date: 17.07.2019

JAHORINA – The EU Membership perspective has proved to be the most powerful incentive to encourage the necessary reforms as well as the best guarantee for the long-term peace, stability and security in the region, agreed participants of the Summit of the South East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) ... read more


Ireland: Radicalized Youth and the Case Of Limerick City

Date: 15.07.2019

The radicalization of youth is occurring unabated in urban centers throughout Ireland, but it has precious little to do with political or religious ideals. Instead, it is driven by the growth of gang culture and underpinned by social deprivation. What exactly precipitates this societal transformation ... read more


Strengthening Security Cooperation to Counter Terrorism Inside Europe

Date: 10.07.2019

Strengthening Security Cooperation read more


Why Saudi Arabia’s Deradicalization Program is Successful

Date: 05.07.2019

Saudi Arabia has one of the most successful deradicalization programs. According to Marisa L. Porges, an expert at the Council on Foreign Relations thinktank, the Saudi program to counter radicalization and fight terrorism can provide important lessons to the rest of the world, despite suffering from ... read more


The Delicate Balance Between Securitization and Humanitarianism in the Context of Counterterrorism

Date: 02.07.2019

Securitization of individuals with potential links to terrorist organizations or a potential susceptibility to radicalization has been an issue for a long time, but has come to the forefront of the public discourse now that Western nations have found themselves trying to manage the return of foreign ... read more


Russians suspected of spreading fake news about Northern Ireland

Date: 27.06.2019

Disinformation campaign believed to be first co-ordinated effort targeting Irish divisions read more


EUROPOL Report: Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2019 (TE-SAT)

Date: 28.06.2019

In 2018, terrorism continued to constitute a major threat to security in EU Member States. Horrific attacks perpetrated by jihadists like those in Trèbes, Paris, Liège and Strasbourg killed a total of thirteen people and injured many more. In addition, one terrorist attack by a right-wing extremist ... read more


Canada adds neo-Nazi groups Blood & Honour, Combat 18 to list of terror organizations

Date: 27.06.2019

The government has, for the first time, placed right-wing extremist groups on its list of outlawed terrorist organizations, adding the names of Blood & Honour and Combat 18. Announced in the government’s Canada Gazette, the action came after the Canadian Security Intelligence Service said in ... read more


Podcast: a day in the life of a (CVE) coordinator in Sweden

Date: 13.06.2019

Podcast: a day in the life of a coordinator in Sweden read more


Working With the Youth: Countering Violent Extremism in North Macedonia

Date: 10.06.2019

By Samet Shabani, Ján Cingel. After the collapse of Yugoslavia, the newly independent Balkan countries have become quite attractive for many movements, ideologies and organisations, including extremist groups with roots in the Middle East. Some of them came to the region during the Bosnian War between ... read more


Radicalisation in prisons: Council adopts conclusions

Date: 06.06.2019

The Council today adopted conclusions on preventing and combatting radicalisation in prisons, and on dealing with terrorist and violent extremist offenders after release. The Council highlighted the importance and urgency of effective measures in this area, given the risk posed by the growing number ... read more


European Counterterrorism Strategies and Discourses: A Critical Evaluation

Date: 06.06.2019

As the Syrian conflict winds down and more of the so-called returnees — those who joined the Islamic State (ISIS) and other terrorist groups — embark upon a journey back to their home countries in Europe, putting aside whether or not they will be allowed back in, the time is ripe to take a critical ... read more


A Closer Look at the Radicalization Awareness Network

Date: 31.05.2019

The Radicalization Awareness Network (RAN) started operating in 2011 as one of the tools of the European Commission to increase Europe’s security through the EU Internal Security Strategy. According to this document, five strategic objectives are set, considering ‘Prevent terrorism and address radicalization’ ... read more


First He Became an American—Then He Joined ISIS

Date: 29.05.2019

When the FBI discovered a network of Bosnian-Americans giving support to terrorists, they also discovered Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a U.S. citizen and a battalion commander in Syria. read more


Hacking ISIS – How to Destroy the Cyber Jihad

Date: 27.05.2019

This book by Malcolm Nance and Chris Sampson, both experts in counterterrorism intelligence, is an absolute must-read. Despite the vast challenges of the task they took on, the authors were able to master a huge quantity of material and offer a good outlook on the history and evolution of cyber jihad. Even ... read more


Extremist Content Online: Neo-Nazis Continue Recruiting

Date: 13.02.2019

CEP Report Writes of Feuerkrieg Division Creation & Their Online Tactics CEP Report Writes of Feuerkrieg Division Creation & Their Online Tactics The Counter Extremism Project (CEP) reports weekly on the methods used by extremists to exploit the Internet and social media platforms to recruit ... read more


Poland opens probe into anti-Semitic incident at Auschwitz

Date: 30.01.2019

Poland opens probe into anti-Semitic incident at Auschwitz WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish prosecutors are investigating an anti-Semitic protest by dozens of far-right nationalists outside the gates of Auschwitz. The incident took place Sunday in Oswiecim, the southern Polish town where Nazi ... read more


French yellow vest movement dogged by intolerance, extremism

Date: 30.01.2019

PARIS — Intolerance and conspiracy theories have haunted the margins of France’s “yellow vest” movement since the first protests over fuel taxes roused the discontented middle of French society. The men and women in fluorescent safety vests blocking traffic and intimidating shoppers on ... read more


How to prevent violent extremism and radicalisation?

Date: 01.02.2019

The terrorist attacks in Brussels have resulted in a political debate on how to strengthen police cooperation across Europe and whether European countries need to improve capacities for intelligence sharing. But this is only one side of the story. What's missing from the debate is a better understanding ... read more


Erdogan: Safe zones in Syria will allow refugees to return home

Date: 01.02.2019

Turkish president says safe zones to be set up in northern Syria will allow more refugees to go back to the country. read more


Opinion: The Islamic State may have a new propaganda haven

Date: 31.01.2019

Rita Katz is the executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group and a terrorism analyst. Even after the Islamic State lost massive swaths of territory in the past few years, there’s one place where it still has survived: the Internet. It hasn’t been an easy existence, especially in the ... read more


Ireland is questioning Facebook’s plan to merge Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp

Date: 31.01.2019

Facebook’s previous data-sharing proposals have ‘given rise to significant data protection concerns’ read more


Fugitive Extremist Accused of Organizing 2015 Charlie Hebdo Attack Charged With Terrorism

Date: 28.01.2019

French authorities handed preliminary terrorism charges Sunday to a fugitive extremist who is suspected of fighting U.S. forces in Iraq and helping to organize the 2015 shooting attack at satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 people. Peter Cherif, who recently was arrested in the ... read more


EWB Interview - Engjellushe Morina: Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue must be more inclusive to succeed

Date: 22.01.2019

Interview with Engjellushe Morina, Project Manager at the Berghof Foundation, where she is a part of Conflict Transformation Research Program focusing on the Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) in the Western Balkans. The interview was conducted at the Belgrade Security Forum 2018, ... read more


The Case for P/CVE in France

Date: 19.01.2019

In a tweet communicating his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, U.S. President Donald Trump declared that the Islamic State (IS) has been defeated. Administration officials and Syria experts, however, disagree. Not only is IS still active in Syria, the group has also launched attacks in Europe ... read more


A look back at the year of the Facebook scandals

Date: 18.01.2019

A look back at the year of the Facebook scandals Facebook has not had a good year, and least from the perspective of its users and the public at large. Crowning this was the involvement with Cambridge Analytica, but there have been other data privacy issues too. Facebook remains the biggest social ... read more


Extremism must not be allowed to take hold again in the region

Date: 15.01.2019

As Ankara leads way on battle against ISIS, there is a danger of self-implosion in Syria read more


Increasing number of Australians fighting for Islamic State

Date: 10.01.2019

Increasing number of Australians fighting for Islamic State read more


Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

Date: 09.01.2019

MENLO PARK, Calif. — In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time. The social network has drawn criticism for undermining democracy and for provoking bloodshed ... read more


Read RCC Study: “New Virtual Battlefield – How to Prevent Online Radicalization in the Cyber Security Realm of the Western Balkans"

Date: 28.12.2018

Study “New Virtual Battlefield – How to Prevent Online Radicalization in the Cyber Security Realm of the Western Balkans”  was officially presented at the regional security conference held on December 6 in Istanbul. The main objective of thisstudy is to provide a comprehensive overview and ... read more


How Vulnerable is Jordan to Violent Extremism?

Date: 26.12.2018

Jordan has long been thought of as an island of stability in a volatile region. However, the country suffers from enduring (and potentially explosive) political, economic and social tensions. In an effort to further explore these dynamics, IRI designed and commissioned qualitative research on the ... read more


The Far-Right and Islamism: A Complicated Love Story

Date: 24.12.2018

Daniel Rickenbacher, postdoctoral researcher in the fields of Modern History and International Relations, Concordia University (Canada) Introduction The European Right is generally believed to be opposed to political Islam. This is certainly true for most right-wing conservative and populist parties. The ... read more


EU to become more cyber-proof as Council backs deal on common certification and beefed-up agency

Date: 20.12.2018

EU-wide cybersecurity certification will soon be available for Internet-connected devices, enabling consumers to make more informed choices and making it easier for companies to market their smart products across Europe. Today, member states' ambassadors approved the proposed Cybersecurity Act, which ... read more


Grassroots deradicalisation project allows youth to be part of the solution

Date: 19.12.2018

Experts in the field of de-radicalisation have pointed to the growing importance of community-driven projects read more


Turkey and Terrorism

Date: 17.12.2018

For many observers, Turkey remains an enigma. Increasingly the country is seen through the prism of one complex man – the commanding presence of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Considered from the historical perspective, the situation today is unusual. For decades, Turkey was regarded as a secular ... read more


Read RCC Study: “New Virtual Battlefield – How to Prevent Online Radicalization in the Cyber Security Realm of the Western Balkans"

Date: 12.12.2018

Study “New Virtual Battlefield – How to Prevent Online Radicalization in the Cyber Security Realm of the Western Balkans”  was officially presented at the regional security conference held on December 6 in Istanbul. The main objective of thisstudy is to provide a comprehensive overview and ... read more


An Interview with Dr. John Horgan – Terrorism, Psychology, and Major Issues in the Field

Date: 11.12.2018

John Horgan is a Psychology Professor with the Global Studies Institute of Georgia State University. His research focuses on psychological issues in terrorism and political violence. He is especially interested in understanding the processes through which people become involved in (and disengage ... read more


Radicalization, Terrorism, and Prisons – Considering the Latest Trends With the Elcano Royal Institute

Date: 10.12.2018

On November 14 2018, Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid held its sixth Forum on Terrorism and Radicalization. This year the focus was on prisons. The one day event was held in partnership with the US Embassy in Spain and saw a high number of top-level policymakers, terrorism experts and practitioners ... read more


Svilanovic: Cyber security became new hotspot and serious challenge at global, regional and local level

Date: 06.12.2018

Istanbul hosts 3rd Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism in South East Europe  Istanbul – The Third Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in South ... read more


Read RCC Study: “New Virtual Battlefield – How to Prevent Online Radicalization in the Cyber Security Realm of the Western Balkans"

Date: 06.12.2018

Study “New Virtual Battlefield – How to Prevent Online Radicalization in the Cyber Security Realm of the Western Balkans”  was officially presented at the regional security conference held on December 6 in Istanbul. The main objective of thisstudy is to provide a comprehensive overview and ... read more


Bosnia struggles with return of ISIS widows

Date: 05.12.2018

Several thousand women who followed husbands to Syria and Iraq are stuck in limbo, often with young children. read more


How France was forced to reassess its ideas about radicalised youth

Date: 03.12.2018

When Paris was hit by two major terrorist attacks in 2015, France embarked on a painful journey to understand the radicalisation of its youth. Three years later, researchers have discredited initial theories about the “typical” home-grown terrorist. On January 7, 2015, three Islamist terrorists ... read more


Neo-Nazi couple found guilty of membership of banned terror group

Date: 03.12.2018

Adam Thomas and Claudia Patatas were members of National Action, banned in 2016   read more


Albania bans 52 Greeks after 'extremism' at funeral

Date: 29.11.2018

TIRANA (AFP) - Tirana has banned 52 Greek nationals from entering the country over what it labelled their "extremist" behaviour at the funeral of an ethnic Greek man killed by Albanian police, an official said late Friday. The 52 were banned as their "intolerable manifestation ... read more


Meeting on Cybersecurity and CSIRTs Cooperation in Western Balkans: Cybersecurity a necessity of modern societies

Date: 28.11.2018

Limassol - Western Balkans’ Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) met in Limassol, Cyprus today, within International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Cyber Drill - ALERT (Applied Learning for Emergency Response Teams) for Europe Region that is taking place to from 26-30 November ... read more


Iranian hackers suspected in cyber breach and extortion attempt on Navy shipbuilder Austal

Date: 27.11.2018

Iranian hackers are believed to be responsible for a cyber security breach and extortion attempt on Australia's biggest defence exporter. Perth-based shipbuilder Austal earlier this month revealed an "unknown offender" had hacked into its computer systems, accessing staff email addresses ... read more


Inside the Hunt for the World’s Most Dangerous Terrorist - How a British hacker joined ISIS’s top ranks and launched a deadly global cyber plot

Date: 22.11.2018

Junaid Hussain originally wanted to be a rapper. As it turned out, the Pakistani kid in Birmingham, England, lived life instead on the internet, and at internet speed. In just a decade, from age 11 to 21, he went from gaming to hacking to killing, an arc the world had never seen before, unfolding ... read more


Social media and youth violence

Date: 21.11.2018

Social media plays a very central role in the lives of young people in the UK today. While it creates opportunities, this brave new world brings with it some very serious safeguarding challenges for professionals working with young people. Our new Catch22 report, in partnership with University College ... read more


Extremism Trends in Georgia

Date: 19.11.2018

Extremism Trends in Georgia Introduction The country of Georgia’s political history, demographic makeup[1] and geographic location create a unique landscape for the development of radicalization and violent extremism. Over the past five years, the recruitment of jihadist foreign fighters to the ... read more


Hedayah Calls for Proposals - Support of Civil Society Initiatives to build the capacity of journalism sector to Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism in Central Asia and Turkey, MENA, South Caucasus and Western Balkans region

Date: 15.11.2018

Hedayah Calls for Proposals -  Support of Civil Society Initiatives to build the capacity of journalism sector to Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism in Central Asia and Turkey, MENA, South Caucasus and Western Balkans region read more


'Astonishing findings' in new Swedish report on extremism and organized crime

Date: 15.11.2018

A new Swedish report on extremism and organized crime paints a completely new picture of what the stereotypical offender behind those types of crimes looks like. 'We've been totally astonished by the findings,' the head author of the study told The Local. The report, 'Violent Extremism ... read more


When social media inspires real life violence

Date: 14.11.2018

A new report reignites the idea that social media users can be manipulated by misinformation, enabling a variety of actors to trigger violence between different groups. Morgan Meaker reports. read more


Region’s Military Intelligence Chiefs discuss cyber security challenges in the Western Balkans

Date: 07.11.2018

Tirana – The South East European Military Intelligence Chiefs (SEEMIC) adopted the Open-source intelligence (OSINT) assessment dedicated to ‘Challenges to critical infrastructure cyber security in South East Europe ' at their 10th Conference held on 7 November 2018 in Tirana, Albania. The event ... read more


CNN Business: Facebook promised to fix political ads on its platform. It hasn't.

Date: 07.11.2018

New York (CNN Business)Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, pledged to fix how it handles political and issue ads in the wake of Russian meddling in 2016. But just days before the midterm elections, a key part of Facebook's effort is broken, and it's unclear if the company is doing anything to ... read more


US demands Europe allows 600 ISIS widows to return - ‘Take them back!'

Date: 06.11.2018

JIHADI brides who left Europe to marry ISIS fighters wreaking death and destruction across large swathes of Syria and Iraq should now be taken back by their home countries, according to US counter-terrorism chiefs. More than 650 European citizens, many of them children, have been held by US-backed ... read more


BBC: Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale

Date: 05.11.2018

Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts. The perpetrators told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell, although there are reasons to be sceptical ... read more


Read new OSCE Guidebook on “The Role of Civil Society in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism: A focus on South-Eastern Europe”

Date: 01.11.2018

The new OSCE Guidebook on “The Role of Civil Society in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism: A focus on South-Eastern Europe” read more


Times: Jihadis are back in Kosovo - "caliphate is not dead"

Date: 31.10.2018

British daily the Times has published an article under the headline, "ISIS jihadists back in Kosovo ready to die for caliphate." read more


RCC hosts workshop for Western Balkans journalists on media coverage of terrorism and violent extremism topics

Date: 25.10.2018

Budva - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) hosts a Regional Workshop on media coverage of violent extremism-related topics for journalists from the Western Balkans, in Budva, Montenegro, today. read more


Rise of right-wing extremists presents new challenge for Canadian law enforcement agencies

Date: 29.10.2018

In a three-part series, the Star looks at the rise of white nationalist and right-wing extremist groups in Canada, and what authorities are doing to identify and suppress these threats. This is part 1. To read the second part, click here and to read the third part, click here. read more


Pushing terrorist propaganda 'underground' could make extremists harder to detect, government warned

Date: 26.10.2018

Watchdog cautions against proposed new laws that would make viewing material a criminal offence read more


RCC organises regional workshop for journalists from the Western Balkans on media coverage of terrorism and violent extremism topics

Date: 21.10.2018

Budva - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a Regional Workshop on media coverage of violent extremism-related topics for journalists from the Western Balkans, on 25 October 2018, in Budva, Montenegro.  Journalist from all over Western Balkans together with regional and international ... read more


Read new "Guide to Developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy - Strategic Engagement in Cybersecurity (2018)"

Date: 17.10.2018

This National Cybersecurity Strategy Guide is one of the most comprehensive overviews of what constitute successful cybersecurity strategies. It is the result of a unique, collaborative and equitable multi-stakeholder effort, which taps into the knowledge, experience and expertise of many organisations ... read more


Terror cell busts in Denmark and Holland spark fears of homegrown attackers with Isis links

Date: 23.10.2018

‘The conflict in Syria has built momentum for the global jihadi movement. Even if we are able to defeat them in Syria they have built a worldwide movement’ read more


Fighting Online Terrorist Speech

Date: 15.10.2018

The European Commission proposed legislation targeting illegal online terrorism propaganda. While an important step in recognizing the importance of the fight against online extremism, the proposal looks set to alarm free speech advocates, while failing to curb online hate. read more


French police raid Muslim club in counter-terror swoop

Date: 24.10.2018

LILLE, France (Reuters) - French police raided the premises of a Muslim club before dawn on Tuesday as well as the homes of members of the club, in a swoop that the local government prefect's office said was prompted by serious suspicions of pro-Islamist militancy. read more


Joint statement SEDM Ministers of Defence meeting, Belgrade, 11. ocotober 2018.

Date: 11.10.2018

Southeast Europe Defence Ministerial Coordination Committee (SEDM-CC) and Politico-Military Steering Committee (PMSC) read more


FATF team in Pakistan to examine steps taken against terror financing

Date: 16.10.2018

Pakistan was formally added to the 'grey list' of countries involved in providing monetary assistance to terrorism and related causes after a FATF meeting in Paris in June. read more


Terrorism and Civil Society

Date: 11.10.2018

On October 4, the White House issued its new National Strategy for Counterterrorism. This is a long and welcome document, and I want to discuss only one element of the strategy: the role of civil society. read more


Closer international cooperation to fight hostage-taking, kidnapping and terrorism

Date: 10.10.2018

ATLAS, the network of special intervention units, signs terms of cooperation with Europol read more


The New York Times Opinion: Did Facebook Learn Anything From the Cambridge Analytica Debacle?

Date: 10.10.2018

An even bigger data breach suggests it didn’t. read more


Kosovo* Detains Man Suspected of Joining Syria Terror Groups

Date: 09.10.2018

PRISTINA, Kosovo — A Kosovo court has put a suspect under a month's detention for allegedly taking part in terror groups in Syria as a foreign fighter. read more


Government of Montenegro: Joint action plan on combating terrorism in WB countries signed at EU-Western Balkans forum in Tirana

Date: 09.10.2018

Tirana, Albania (5 October 2018) -- Effective border management and the fight against illegal migration, radicalisation and terrorism remain priorities for both EU and the Western Balkan countries, the EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs, taking place in Tirana, underlined. read more


Facebook can’t keep you safe

Date: 09.10.2018

Another day, another announcement from Facebook that it has failed to protect your personal information. Were you one of the 50 million (and likely far more, given the company’s graduated disclosure style) users whose accounts were completely exposed by a coding error in play for more than a ... read more


EU – Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs ministerial forum - joint press statement: Security – Police cooperation, countering terrorism/violent extremism and organised crime

Date: 08.10.2018

The Ministers acknowledged that terrorism and radicalisation continue to be a common challenge for the European Union and the Western Balkans region and that close cooperation was essential for preventing radicalisation and terrorism. Ministers agreed that the existing formats and networks of cooperation, ... read more


Signature of the Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans

Date: 08.10.2018

At today’s EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home affairs, the representatives of the six Western Balkans partners and, for the EU, Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos, signed a Joint Action Plan on Counter-Terrorism for the Western Balkans. This achievement marks a big step forward ... read more


Suspected Far-Right Terrorism Ring Leads to 7 Arrests in Germany

Date: 05.10.2018

BERLIN — Seven Germans described by the authorities as belonging to the “hooligan, skinhead and neo-Nazi scenes” in eastern Germany have been arrested on suspicion of building a far-right terrorist organization called Revolution Chemnitz — named for the city that was rocked by recent street ... read more


China seeks global role for elite counter-terrorism forces

Date: 04.10.2018

Beijing believes its growing international interests must be protected from terrorism read more


Svilanovic: Trained security practitioners are invaluable in prevention and countering of violent extremism and radicalization in Western Balkans

Date: 03.10.2018

Skopje - A seminar on prevention and countering of violent extremism (P/CVE) in the Western Balkans (WB) gathering security practitioners from the region and distinguished regional and international lecturers is being held in Skopje today. The seminar has been organised by the Regional Cooperation ... read more


Does Islamism Pose a Serious Challenge to Democratic Societies?

Date: 02.10.2018

The short answer to this question is yes, because Islamism promotes an authoritarian ideology and seeks power based on religion, not democratic values . It is actually similar to totalitarian dictatorships in its key traits – Nazism, fascism, and communism on one side and despotic theocratic ... read more


RCC Workshop: „Training the Trainers” (P/CVE )

Date: 01.10.2018

In cooperation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Preventing Violent Extremism and Terrorism of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the RCC will on October 2-4 2018 in Skopje, organise two days of “Training the Trainers” workshop aimed at boosting skills and knowledge base ... read more


Hearts, Minds, and Jihad Online

Date: 28.09.2018

In his annual State of the Union address on September 12 2018, the European Commission (EC) President Jean-Claude Juncker announced a new bid to force social media companies to do more in the fight against extremism. His proposal would require top companies such as Facebook, Google and Twitter to ... read more


A U.S. Soldier Has Pleaded Guilty to Trying to Help the Islamic State

Date: 28.09.2018

(HONOLULU) — A soldier based in Hawaii pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to help the Islamic State group, telling a judge he provided secret military information, a drone meant to track U.S. troops and other support to undercover agents he believed were members of the terrorist organization. read more


US considers Guantanamo, Iraqi prisons for ISIS fighters captured by Syrian rebels: report

Date: 27.09.2018

The Trump administration is considering sending hundreds of captured ISIS fighters held in Syria to an Iraqi prison or the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, NBC News reported Monday. read more


US pastor held in Turkey prepared to go to European court: lawyer

Date: 27.09.2018

Case to be taken to European Court of Human Rights if Andrew Brunson is not released by Turkish judiciary, lawyer says. read more


Big Tech is overselling AI as the solution to online extremism

Date: 26.09.2018

In mid-September the European Union threatened to fine the Big Tech companies if they did not remove terrorist content within one hour of appearing online. The change came because rising tensions are now developing and being played out on social media platforms. read more


Social Media's Stepped-Up Crackdown on Terrorists Still Falls Short

Date: 25.09.2018

YouTube, Facebook and other sites are working together to find and delete extremist propaganda and recruiting videos, but a new study says they can do better read more


Theresa May urges firms to pump cash into African ventures to help fight terrorism

Date: 26.09.2018

British firms should pump cash into African ventures to help fight terrorism, Theresa May urges today. read more


Russia says 63,000 troops have seen combat in Syria

Date: 25.09.2018

Russia has revealed the extent of its military involvement in Syria's war. read more


IISG and DCAF Ljubljana Strengthen Partnership with the Centre for European Future

Date: 24.09.2018

Centre for European Perspective has been active in providing the security in the Western Balkans region, which would not be possible without good partners. On the margins of the Bled Strategic Forum, CEP’s Executive Director Dr Gorazd Justinek signed a memorandum of understanding between CEP, ... read more


RCC’s Head of Political Department Amer Kapetanovic attending in Belgrade Ministerial Conference on high-tech crime and cyber security “Connect Securely!”

Date: 20.09.2018

#RCC’s Head of Political Department Amer Kapetanovic taking part in #Interior and #Security ministers’ Conference on High+Tech Crime & Information Security ‘Connect Securely!’ in Belgrade 20-21 September 2018 - cooperation in information security and combating high-tech crime. read more


Sarajevo: Students from BiH universities discuss early signs of radicalisation among youth and its prevention

Date: 18.09.2018

Sarajevo – Close to 50 students from various Universities across Bosnia and Herzegovina gathered in BiH capital today at the one-day Workshop, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) at Faculty for Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies of University of Sarajevo,  to ... read more


EUROPOL: 15 ways you could be the next victim of cybercrime

Date: 20.09.2018

Europol’s latest cybercrime report provides insights into emerging threats and key developments   Cybercriminals are adopting creative new techniques to target their victims at an unprecedented pace and are constantly seeking methods to avoid law enforcement detection. To stay ahead of them, ... read more


Another EU Law Threatening Google and Facebook With Enormous Fines

Date: 20.09.2018

The European Union may hit companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter with yet another new law that comes with massive fines for non-compliance, and this time it’s all about terror. read more


UN Urges Facebook to ‘Proactively’ Fight Hate Speech

Date: 18.09.2018

GENEVA — The UN human rights chief urged Facebook Wednesday to more proactively address hate speech but warned against excessive regulation, after US President Donald Trump accused tech giants’ platforms of bias against him.   read more


Europe should counter Iran’s cyber espionage, infiltration, terrorism

Date: 17.09.2018

The more discord persists in the West over the means of responding to Iranian covert operations, the more impact these operations will have, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras. read more


RCC convened the 8th SEENSA meeting to discuss the importance of boosting cyber resilience in the Western Balkans and the South East Europe

Date: 14.09.2018

The Regional Cooperation Council convened on September 11 in Bled (Slovenia) directors and experts of the national security authorities from the SEE (SEENSA) in order to discuss the importance of boosting cyber resilience in the Western Balkans and the South East Europe. read more


Svilanovic at the Bled Strategic Forum: The region should deal with security issues as inextricable part of its activities in connectivity, mobility, and competitiveness

Date: 14.09.2018

Bled – Speaking at the panels dedicated to security and rule-of-law of the 13th edition of the Bled Strategic Forum, the Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Goran Svilanovic, emphasized the inextricable links between the two and economic performance. read more


France Prime Minister has unveiled a new plan that could curb terror

Date: 14.09.2018

France has been reported to be crafting very efficient counterterrorism mechanisms. It has consistently been developing new organizations that are meant to track radicalized inmates. The bodies are supposed to identify and pinpoint the extremists that are a great risk of turning out violent. In the ... read more


Workshop for Enhanced Cooperation with the Western Balkans within the EU Policy Cycle to Tackle Organised and Serious International Crime

Date: 13.09.2018

On 5-6 September 2018, Workshop “Enhancing cooperation with the Western Balkans within the EU Policy Cycle to tackle Organised and Serious International Crime – synergies, challenges and ideas” took place in Belgrade. read more


Juncker’s Letter of intent: Export stability to the Western Balkans

Date: 13.09.2018

STRASBOURG – After his annual State of the Union speech earlier today, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker sent a Letter of intent to the President of European Parliament Antonio Tajani and Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of the current EU-presiding country. The Letter describes ... read more


EU Elections 2019: Critical cyberattacks loom, Estonia warns

Date: 10.09.2018

The 2019 European elections could be hit by a spate of cyberattacks, which could even prevent the new European Parliament from convening, a report led by the Estonian Information System Authority has warned. read more


Opinion - How the Far Right Conquered Sweden

Date: 08.09.2018

A bastion of social democracy, the country refused to deal with the realities of mass immigration. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/06/opinion/how-the-far-right-conquered-sweden.html read more


Workshop: Community Dialogue with Youth: early signs of radicalisation among youth in local communities

Date: 07.09.2018

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a one-day workshop to discuss early signs of radicalisation among youth in local communities with students from across Bosnia and Herzegovina. The event is to take place at Faculty for Criminalistics, Criminology and Security Studies ... read more


Chemnitz Protests Show New Strength of Germany’s Far Right

Date: 07.09.2018

A Syrian refugee and father of two, Anas al-Nahlawie, watched horrified from a friend’s fourth-floor balcony. They were hunting in packs for immigrants just like him, he said. “Like wolves.” read more


Cybersecurity agency hopes for 24/7 crisis response centre in Brussels

Date: 06.09.2018

The EU cybersecurity agency ENISA wants to open its first Brussels office by mid-2019 to manage major crises around the clock. read more


Western Balkans are partners in our common security and defence policy

Date: 05.09.2018

High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini stressed today at the informal meeting of the EU defence ministers in Vienna the EU cooperation with Western Balkans partners in addressing common challenges in the area of security and defence. "We have a good cooperation, including participation ... read more


Jimmy Carter: In Syria, an Ugly Peace Is Better Than More War

Date: 04.09.2018

At their summit in Helsinki, Finland, in July, President Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia reportedly agreed to end the Syrian war and to move Iranian forces away from the Syria-Israel border. President Trump has also indicated that he is willing to accept President Bashar al-Assad’s ... read more


Online-inspired extremists are ‘the greatest terrorist threat,’ declassified CSIS document says

Date: 03.09.2018

Two persons were killed and one seriously wounded in a knife attack in the Paris suburb of Trappes on Thursday, police said. The knife attacker was then shot by police, a source said. read more


Germany to launch US-style agency to develop cyberdefense

Date: 31.08.2018

Agency will be modeled after the US Pentagon research agency DARPA. read more


US urges 'enduring defeat' of IS, offers force if necessary

Date: 31.08.2018

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley urged all countries on Thursday to ensure that the Islamic State extremist group faces "an enduring defeat" and said the United States will deepen partnerships with countries fighting terrorism "when force is necessary." read more


RCC Event: Student Discussion and Workshop „Community Dialogue – Preventing Radicalisation in Local Communities and Among Youth

Date: 30.08.2018

In cooperation with the Faculty of criminalistics, criminology and security studies of the University of Sarajevo, the RCC will on September 18th gather in Sarajevo students from Bihac, Banjaluka, Tuzla, Zenica, Mostar and Sarajevo in order to discuss early signs of radicalisation in local communities and ... read more


Telegram to Turn Over Terror Suspects’ Data Under New Privacy Policy

Date: 30.08.2018

Telegram users suspected of terrorism will now have their personal data turned over to the authorities on court orders under the messaging app’s new privacy policy. read more


Paramilitary Chief Arrested For Allegedly Joining Separatist War In Ukraine

Date: 29.08.2018

Bratislav Zivkovic, the commander of the Chetnik paramilitary force in Serbia, has been arrested on suspicion of organizing a group of Serbs who joined Russia-backed separatists in their war against Ukraine's government, Serbia's Interior Ministry said on August 23. read more


European Commission launches Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans

Date: 25.06.2018

BRUSSELS – Today at the Digital Assembly in Sofia, Bulgaria, the European Commission is launching the Digital Agenda for the Western Balkans. read more


Defeating extremism in the Balkans

Date: 28.08.2018

As a region deeply connected to the EU, the Western Balkans should no longer be forgotten. With Austria’s upcoming presidency of the EU, it is high time to reboot the region’s economic development and its integration into the Union, as well as recognise its progress in countering terrorism, ... read more


Programme To Tackle Islamic Extremism Launched in North East England

Date: 28.08.2018

AN educational programme tackling Islamic extremism in the North-East has been officially launched. read more


U.N. invites Iran, Russia, Turkey to talks on Syria next month

Date: 24.08.2018

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura has invited Iran, Russia and Turkey to talks on Syria’s Constitutional Committee, to be held in Geneva on Sept. 11-12, a U.N. spokeswoman said on Friday. read more


Conference on High-Tech and information security - Konferencija o visokotehnološkom kriminalu i informacionoj bezbjednosti

Date: 22.08.2018

Ministarska konferencija o visokotehnološkom kriminalu i informacionoj bezbjednosti "Poveži se sigurno" će se održati u Beogradu, u Palati Srbija, 20. i 21. septembra 2018. godine u organizaciji Ministarstva unutrašnjih poslova Srbije. read more


France expels 'mentor' of 2015 militants to Algeria

Date: 22.08.2018

PARIS: France on Monday expelled a radical Islamic preacher to Algeria after his release from prison, where he became a mentor to at least two militants who carried out deadly attacks on a satirical newspaper and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015, officials said. read more


Radicalization in Greece: Trends and Challenges

Date: 20.08.2018

In Greece, radicalization leading to violent extremism and terrorism is mainly politically driven and connected with the outcome of two central traumatic events – the civil war of 1944-1949 and the military dictatorship of 1967-1974. read more


Returning Western Balkans Foreign Terrorist Fighters: Putting the Challenge in Perspective

Date: 23.08.2018

Starting in 2012, the countries of the Western Balkans saw an unprecedented outflow of nationals to Middle East conflicts. Around 1,100 citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia, including some from the Balkans diaspora in Western Europe, traveled to ... read more


Ministers of the Western Balkans endorse the IISG mechanism in the Western Balkans

Date: 08.09.2017

Today, at Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, the IISG Board at the level of ministers of interior/security was convened in the framework of the hosting Brdo Process led by the Slovenian Ministry of the Interior. The ministers expressed their full support and endorsed the establishment of the IISG framework ... read more


Dutch Banks Mix With Cops, Prosecutors in Bid to Fight Terrorism

Date: 17.08.2018

Police, prosecutors and the four biggest banks in the Netherlands have teamed up to sift through financial data in a hunt to prevent the next terrorist attack in Europe. read more


France Begins Release of Hundreds of Radicalized Inmates [The Wall Street Journal]

Date: 16.08.2018

PARIS—Five years ago, police arrested a Frenchman in his 20s who had acquired fake identification and bought paramilitary-style clothing as part of a plan to join militants in Syria. read more


Google’s Redirect Program: An Anemic Response to the Plague of Terror Content

Date: 15.08.2018

Google’s attempts to tackle the dangers of terrorist content on its online platforms, including YouTube, have come far too late and remain disturbingly inadequate, according to findings in a new study by the Counter Extremism Project (CEP). read more


Radicalized children pose security ‘risk’ in Germany: report

Date: 14.08.2018

Exposure of minors to radical Islam is ‘alarming,’ German authorities warn. read more


Iraq jails French and German citizens for life for joining Islamic State

Date: 13.08.2018

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi court sentenced a French man and a German woman to life in prison on Monday for belonging to Islamic State, forging ahead with the trial of hundreds of people - many foreigners - captured after the militant group’s defeat last year. read more


France plans new counterterrorism units, as threat persists

Date: 10.08.2018

France is beefing up its counterterrorism powers and creating new bodies to track radicalized inmates and better identify extremists at risk of turning to violence. read more


French jihadist claims that ISIS trained child soldiers to launch attacks on EU

Date: 07.08.2018

ISIS made concrete plans to send child soldiers to Europe to carry out attacks against Western targets, A French jihadist has claimed. The children, mostly Syrians, will only be sent to Europe once they reach adolescence in an effort to make facial recognition virtually impossible, the jihadist ... read more


Jihad’s next battleground: The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa

Date: 08.08.2018

Violent Islamist groups are gaining strength in the Sahel. A report from Nigeria and Niger. read more


Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia : 7 arrested for allegedly fighting in Syria, Iraq

Date: 09.08.2018

SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia — Macedonian police say they have arrested seven people on suspicion of terrorism for allegedly participating as fighters in the wars in Syria and Iraq. read more


46 years of terrorist attacks in Europe, visualized

Date: 06.08.2018

From 1970 to 2016: 5,215 people died from bombings.2,463 from assassinations.2,270 from assaults.957 from hostage situations.183 from hijackings.88 from building attacks.Thousands wounded or missing. read more


Violent extremism: how communities can help counter it

Date: 04.08.2018

Local communities are being called upon to help prevent radicalisation. In a bid to counter violent extremism, UK home secretary Sajid Javid recently launched the government’s Strategy for Countering Terrorism. It calls for “stronger partnerships with communities, civil society groups, public ... read more


Isis and far-right extremists 'changing tactics', commission warns as study launched across England and Wales

Date: 03.08.2018

  Commission for Countering Extremism appealing for submissions to improve understanding of radicalisation read more


US release of 3D-printed gun software blocked

Date: 01.08.2018

A US federal judge in Seattle has blocked the release of software that allows consumers to 3D-print firearms. read more


RCC Event: Workshop: „Training the Trainers” - National offices for P/CVE in 13 economies from South East Europe

Date: 30.07.2018

In cooperation with the Office of the National Coordinator for Preventing Violent Extremism and Terrorism of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the RCC will on October 2-4 2018 in Skopje, organise two days of “Training the Trainers” workshop aimed at boosting skills and knowledge base ... read more


RCC Event: Student Discussio and Workshop „Community Dialogue – Preventing Radicalisation in Local Communities and Among Youth

Date: 30.07.2018

In cooperation with the Faculty of criminalistics, criminology and security studies of the University of Sarajevo, the RCC will on September 18th gather in Sarajevo students from Bihac, Banjaluka, Tuzla, Zenica, Mostar and Sarajevo in order to discuss early signs of radicalisation in local communities and ... read more


Pakistan Put Back On Terror-Financing Watch List, Vows To Improve

Date: 01.08.2018

Pakistan's return to a watch list could further handicap chances of attracting Western investment in Pakistan's fragile economy. read more


Launch of the Teacher’s Manual on Prevention of Violent Extremism

Date: 25.07.2018

The Italian Embassy and the Ministry of Education Science and Technology supported by UNDP in Kosovo launched today the Teacher’s Manual on Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE). read more


The New York Times: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Gets an Earful From the E.U.

Date: 31.07.2018

European lawmakers barraged Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday with a litany of questions about his company’s global power, its role in elections and its misuse of user data. One even raised the prospect of breaking up the social media giant. But the meeting in Brussels ended ... read more


Montenegro to Join NATO Cyber-Defence Centre

Date: 23.07.2018

After suffering a number of cyber-attacks that are believed to have originated from Russia,  Montenegro is beefing up its defences by joining the NATO-backed group based in Estonia. read more


Violent Extremist or Political Candidate? In Pakistan Election, You Can Be Both

Date: 20.07.2018

KARACHI, Pakistan — Aurangzeb Farooqi is a leader of a political party that is banned in Pakistan for espousing sectarian violence. He faces charges of spreading religious hatred that was linked to the murders of several Shiite activists. read more


Hedayah Calls for Proposals - Support of Civil Society initiatives to Prevent/Counter Violent Extremism in Central Asia, Western Balkans and MENA region

Date: 19.07.2018

Support of Civil Society Initiatives to P/CVE in Central Asia, Western Balkans & MENA regions. Find more information here, https://lnkd.in/fcQHiTw read more


Facebook faces U.K. fine over its privacy scandal

Date: 17.07.2018

  LONDON — Facebook is facing its first financial penalty for allowing the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to forage through the personal data of millions of unknowing Facebook users. read more


The High-Level Commission Expert Group on Radicalisation (HLCEG-R) published its Final Report

Date: 16.07.2018

Established in July 2017 by the European Commission, the High-Level Commission Expert Group on Radicalisation (HLCEG-R), whose task was to offer advice on ways to improve cooperation among stakeholders and Member States, the further development of policies for the prevention of radicalisation, ... read more


Counter-terrorism Funding Watchdog Slams Iran With Reform Deadline

Date: 13.07.2018

  Hardliners in Iran's parliament have opposed passing legislation toward compliance with FATF standards, arguing it could hamper financial support for allies such as Lebanon's Hezbollah read more


Facebook Reveals Apps, Others That Got Special Access to User Data

Date: 16.07.2018

Answers in a 747-page document to Congress contrast with previous statements that it restricted access to outsiders in 2015 read more


Terrorist threat in the EU remains high despite the decline of IS in Iraq and Syria

Date: 09.07.2018

New EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report describes terrorist incidents and activities on European soilIn 2017, 68 innocent victims lost their lives as a result of terrorist attacks in the European Union (EU) – reason enough for Europol not to reduce its efforts ... read more


A Reality Check on #Bigtech’s Pledge to Combat Online Terror

Date: 05.07.2018

Social media companies continue to pull wool over the eyes of the American people pledging, but failing, to go the extra mile to remove extremist content from their platforms.  Despite more terror attacks and promises to do better, Silicon Valley refuses to adopt a zero-tolerance policy against terrorist ... read more


WBCTi: Kick Off Meeting of the Western Balkan Regional Network of National P-CVE Coordinators

Date: 02.07.2018

In pursuit of achieving the goals set up in the WBCTi Integrative Plan of Action 2018-2020, adopted by the IISG Board in March 2018, and in consideration of the recent EU Western Balkan Strategy the IISG Support Group, together with the EUD / EUSR to Bosnia and Herzegovina and the CEELI Institute organized ... read more


Four arrested over planning terror attacks in Kosovo

Date: 03.07.2018

PRISTINA (AFP) - Police in Kosovo and Germany on Friday (June 29), in simultaneous raids, arrested four Kosovans suspected of plotting terrorist attacks in the Balkan country, officials said. read more


Balkan Jihadi Warriors Remain Safe On The Net – Analysis

Date: 01.10.2019

While Balkan countries have curbed the flow of fighters to foreign wars, the online space is still a haven for Islamist extremists who remain out of reach there, recruiting and spreading messages of hate. By Fatjona Mejdini, Marija Ristic, Denis Dzidic, Ervin Qafmolla, Sinisa Jakov Marusic and Natalia ... read more


Council of the European Union conclusions on enlargement and stabilisation and association process

Date: 27.06.2018

Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on the EU's enlargement policy and the EU-Western Balkans stabilisation and association process read more


More lone wolf terror attacks 'very likely' warns Europol crime agency

Date: 25.06.2018

More lone wolf terror attacks such as those carried out in Manchester and most recently in the Belgian city of Liege are “very likely” to hit the European Union, Europol warned as it revealed the number of jihadist attacks in the EU had more than doubled in 2017. read more


Crowdsourcing terror in Indonesia

Date: 27.06.2018

In the wake of high-profile terrorist attacks in Indonesia, social media’s role in violent extremism is once again under scrutiny. The 36-hour standoff on May 8 between inmates linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS) and prison officers at Mako Brimob (the detention centre of the Indonesian National ... read more


First-ever global conference of national counter-terrorism chiefs will strengthen cooperation, build ‘resilient’ States, says top UN official

Date: 22.06.2018

Heads of counter-terrorism agencies from across the world will be meeting at UN Headquarters in New York next week for the first time, to pool expertise, resources and ideas to fight back against the growing scourge of international terrorism. read more


Nazis turn to Google Plus after Facebook and Twitter crackdown

Date: 18.06.2018

Extremist groups sharing racist and anti-Semitic content are migrating to Goolge's social media platform read more


Almost 400 British jihadis free to roam UK after return from fighting with ISIS in Syria as just one in ten prosecuted

Date: 14.06.2018

ALMOST 400 Brit jihadis who fought ISIS in Syria are now back in the UK - but just one in ten have been prosecuted. Ministers have now been told to "urgently toughen our terror laws" after the explosive figures were revealed in Parliament. read more


Cyber Caliphate: What Apps Are the Islamic State Using?

Date: 08.06.2018

As the argument goes, law enforcement agencies must protect the safety of citizens, and to do so, they must be in contact with representatives of the IT sector. This in turn compels the representatives of mail services, messaging apps, and smartphone manufacturers to contact the authorities and disclose ... read more


Combating terrorism and violent extremism cannot be done without full support of judicial institutions

Date: 30.05.2018

Tirana – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and Albanian Ministry of Justice are hosting a regional workshop on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys/prosecutors in dealing with terrorism and violent extremism and connected crimes, in Tirana today. It gathers judges, prosecutors ... read more


SEE group on countering radicalisation and violent extremism and foreign terrorist fighters continue its work under RCC auspices

Date: 22.03.2017

SKOPJE/SARAJEVO – The third regular meeting of the South East Europe (SEE) National Focal Points (NFP) for countering radicalization and violent extremism (CVE) and foreign terrorist fighters (FTF), took place Wednesday in Skopje, Regional Cooperation Council stated. read more


Regional conference on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys/prosecutors in dealing with terrorism and violent extremism–connected crimes

Date: 30.05.2018

The Regional conference on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys/prosecutors in dealing with terrorism and violent extremism–connected crimes, which is to be held in Tirana, Albania on 29-30 May 2018, will gather judges, prosecutors and experts from the Western Balkans, guests from ... read more


The New York Times: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Gets an Earful From the E.U.

Date: 24.05.2018

European lawmakers barraged Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, on Tuesday with a litany of questions about his company’s global power, its role in elections and its misuse of user data. One even raised the prospect of breaking up the social media giant. But the meeting in Brussels ended ... read more


Returning IS Fighters in the Balkans: Beyond the Immediate Security Threat

Date: 22.05.2018

- Over the years, the nations of the Western Balkans have seen about 1,000 of their citizens join al-Qaeda’s Syria wing, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra), and move on to join so-called Islamic State (IS). [1] They have hailed from majority-Muslim communities in Bosnia, Albania, ... read more


Regional workshop on law enforcement/judicial services and state attorneys / prosecutors in dealing with terrorism and violent extremism –connected crimes, Tirana, 30 May 2018.

Date: 19.05.2018

The conference/workshop will gather representatives of prosecutor’s offices and courts from the Western Balkans who are dealing with issues of violent extremism, radicalisation and terrorism and experts/practitioners for the legal procedures in dealing with procedures of document classification and ... read more


The Problem With Using AI To Fight Terrorism On Social Media

Date: 17.05.2018

Social media has a terrorism problem. From Twitter’s famous 2015 letter to Congress that it would never restrict the right of terrorists to use its platform, to its rapid about-face in the face of public and governmental outcry, Silicon Valley has had a change of heart in how it sees its role in ... read more


Money laundering and terrorist financing: new rules adopted

Date: 14.05.2018

On 14 May 2018, the Council adopted a directive strengthening EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. The directive sets out to close down criminal finance without hindering the normal functioning of payment systems. Amending directive 2015/849, it is part of an action plan ... read more


Terrorists Are Still Recruiting on Facebook, Despite Zuckerberg’s Reassurances

Date: 10.05.2018

In the past month, Mark Zuckerberg has boasted to Congress and investors that Facebook Inc.’s artificial intelligence programs are turning the tide against extremism on his site. “One thing that I’m proud of is our AI tools that help us take down ISIS and al-Qaeda-related terror content, with ... read more


Report: Facebook Really Is Connecting People, Specifically ISIS

Date: 09.05.2018

Facebook is connecting more than just distant relatives who post too much about their children, at least per a recent study that concludes it is connecting new affiliates to the Islamic State’s digital networks. According to the Telegraph, researchers with the Counter Extremism Project analyzed ... read more


The Telegraph: Facebook Accused Of Introducing Extremists To One Another Through 'Suggested Friends' Feature

Date: 07.05.2018

“Facebook has helped introduce thousands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) extremists to one another, via its 'suggested friends' feature, it can be revealed. Researchers, who analysed the Facebook activities of a thousand Isil supporters in 96 countries, discovered users with radical Islamist ... read more


Why the ‘lone jihadi’ poses the greatest terror threat to this summer’s World Cup in Russia

Date: 04.05.2018

Security experts have named "lone jihadi" attacks the biggest terror threat during the 2018 World Cup in Russia this summer. Terror threats have been driven by Russia's military involvement in Syria and separatist militancy in its disputed Northern Caucasus region. By ... read more


Highlights from participants' interventions from the RCC regional expert workshop and conference “Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security” (17-18 April 2018 in Belgrade)

Date: 27.04.2018

The event was aimed to debate on inter-connection between countering online radicalization and cyber security efforts and to provide some recommendations for action for the main stakeholders – relevant national authorities first and foremost. The debate was centred on the following important aspects: ... read more


Global experts attend Paris conference to combat terrorist financing

Date: 27.04.2018

Ministers from 80 countries and nearly 500 experts gathered in Paris on Wednesday and Thursday for a conference on combating the financing of terror groups such as Islamic State and al-Qaeda, French officials said. The idea of the two-day conference, which will close with a speech by French President ... read more


G7 tells tech firms to boost efforts to combat extremism

Date: 26.04.2018

TORONTO  - The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations on Tuesday told leading tech and social media companies to ramp up efforts to combat the spread of extremism, a top Canadian official said. G7 security ministers raised their concerns during a Toronto meeting with Facebook, Twitter ... read more


Chisinau: Migration crisis, radicalization and violent extremism leading to terrorism in the focus of SEE military intelligence chiefs meeting

Date: 20.10.2016

“Military intelligence professionals are best placed to find ways for overcoming unconventional security threats, including those created by massive migration,” State Secretary of Defence of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Aurel Fondos said. read more


Cyber Security: Regional Expert Conference and Workshop on Countering Online Radicalisation

Date: 19.04.2018

Belgrade - Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) organised a two-day regional Conference and Workshop tackling countering online radicalisation in the context of cyber security in Belgrade on 17-18 April 2018. Conference is a part of the joint project between the RCC and Centre for Democratic Control ... read more


Social media sites are coming under increasing pressure from authorities worldwide to do more to limit the promotion of extremism online

Date: 24.04.2018

Voices from outside Russia have also criticized Telegram for not doing enough to clamp down on terrorists using the app. “Terrorists and extremist groups such as ISIS (Daesh) use encrypted applications like Telegram because it allows them to recruit new members, fundraise, incite to violence, and ... read more


Threat of foreign terrorists more global than ever

Date: 12.04.2018

While the Islamic State has lost control of 98 percent of its territory, the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters has already spread more globally than ever before. And though the U.S. is not the main target, it’s not excluded, either. According to a new report  by the Counter-Terrorism Committee ... read more


CEP On Facebook Senate Hearing: Zuckerberg’s Claims About Extremist Content Removal Are False

Date: 11.04.2018

CEP Finds Extremist Content On Facebook New York, NY – Counter Extremism Project (CEP) Executive Director David Ibsen today released the following statement regarding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before members of the U.S. Senate Committees on the Judiciary and Commerce: “Despite ... read more


New Report: The Media Literacy index (2018)

Date: 05.04.2018

Balkan Countries Most Vulnerable to 'Fake' News, Report The 2018 Media Literacy index of the Open Society Institute in Sofia says Balkan countries are the most susceptible in Europe to 'fake' news – owing to their highly controlled media, low educational levels and low levels of trust in society. read more


The Regional Expert Workshop and Conference: „Countering online radicalization in the context of cyber security“

Date: 03.04.2018

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) is organising a two-day event including regional workshop and conference tackling countering online radicalisation in the context of cyber security in Belgrade on 17-18 April 2018.           read more


Skopje to host the first Western Balkans Digital Summit

Date: 03.04.2018

Skopje – The first Western Balkans Digital Summit is to take place on 18-19 April in Skopje, bringing together Heads of Governments from the Western Balkans (WB), Ministers responsible for digital agenda from WB and European Union (EU) member states participating in the Berlin Process, European ... read more


RAN Centre of Excellence Policy & Practice Event: Common P/CVE challenges in the WB and EU

Date: 05.04.2018

RAN Centre of Excellence Policy & Practice Event: Common P/CVE challenges in the Western Balkans and European Union. read more


RCC: Ljubljana hosts 3-day training for young diplomats and SEENSA meeting

Date: 29.03.2018

Ljubljana – Personnel security and awareness raising issues were the main topics of the South East European National Security Authorities (SEENSA) expert working group meeting, which was hosted by the Republic of Slovenia’s Government Office for the Protection of Classified Information (NSA) ... read more


Representatives from 16 SEDM Nations, the SEEBRIG Commander and observers from NATO, RCC and RACVIAC participated in the 39th PMSC - 38th SEDM-CC Meetings

Date: 26.03.2018

The 6th EWG on the Revision of the MFPSEE Agreement, the 39th PMSC and 38th SEDM-CC Meetings of the South East Europe Defence Ministerial Process, chaired by Athens, took place from 19 to 22 March 2018 in Thessaloniki. read more


RCC: Second Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism opens in Brdo pri Kranju

Date: 22.03.2018

Brdo near Kranj – Second Regional Coordination Conference for Counter-Terrorism (CT) and Prevention and Countering Violent Extremism (P/CVE) in South East Europe (SEE), discussing the enhancement of cooperation and coordination of CT and P/CVE programmes and activities in the region, commenced ... read more


Security Council unanimously adopts resolution on countering terrorist narratives

Date: 25.05.2017

Acting on a proposal developed by its Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Security Council on 24 May 2017 adopted a resolution on countering terrorist narratives. read more


Religious Extremism Has Grown In Kosovo*, UN Study

Date: 28.06.2017

UNDP analysis blames rise in extremism in Kosovo over last two decades on factors including corruption, unemployment, Kosovo's isolation - and the activity of Middle Eastern-based humanitarian organisations. read more


Security Union: Commission follows up on terrorist radicalisation

Date: 24.01.2018

The European Commission reports on progress made towards an effective and genuine Security Union, including priorities like countering radicalisation, enhancing cybersecurity and protecting public spaces. read more


RCC Board meets for the 34th time

Date: 15.03.2018

Sarajevo – The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Secretary General Goran Svilanovic presented the Report on the organisation's activities in the last quarter of the past year at the first meeting of the Board of in 2018, held in Sarajevo today. read more


Regional Workshop on Prosecution, Detention, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters begins today

Date: 28.11.2017

Rakitje – Regional expert workshop “Prosecution, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration of Returning Foreign Terrorist Fighters”, organised by Centre for Security Cooperation - RACVIAC in cooperation with Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) and Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe ... read more


South East European Military Intelligence Chiefs adopt OSINT assessment on Use of Social Media by Violent Extremists

Date: 08.11.2017

Budva –  Open-source intelligence (OSINT) assessment dedicated to ‘Use of Social Media by violent extremists' has been adopted by the South East European Military Intelligence Chiefs (SEEMIC) at their 9th Conference held on 7 November 2017 in Budva, Montenegro. The event was co-organised ... read more


Svilanovic: We need to engage and empower youth, to make them more resilient to violent extremism propaganda

Date: 25.05.2017

Zagreb – The role of education and civil society in prevention of violent extremism was a topic of the regional workshop, organised by the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), in Zagreb today. read more


SEE group on countering radicalisation and violent extremism and foreign terrorist fighters continue its work under RCC auspices

Date: 22.03.2017

SKOPJE/SARAJEVO – The third regular meeting of the South East Europe (SEE) National Focal Points (NFP) for countering radicalization and violent extremism (CVE) and foreign terrorist fighters (FTF), took place Wednesday in Skopje, Regional Cooperation Council stated. read more


RCC launches a website on prevention and countering of violent extremism in South East Europe - www.rcc.int/p-cve

Date: 22.03.2018

Sarajevo – The website on prevention and countering of violent extremism (P-CVE) in South East Europe (SEE) is operational as of today. The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) launched the website providing relevant information on P-CVE in SEE, documents related to the regional initiatives, glossary ... read more


Regional Platform for Countering Radicalization and Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign Terrorist Fighters - CVE-FTF Platform

Date: 22.03.2018

In response to the mandate entrusted bySEECP MFAs, the RCC has established the SEE Regional Platform for CounteringRadicalization and Violent Extremism leading to Terrorism and Foreign TerroristFighters. read more