Preventing Violent Extremism (Regional Brief)
May 18, 2016
Violent extremism in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region threatens to reverse the development gains made over the past twenty years and is seriously challenging governance, security and social structures at a highly volatile time. In some cases, such as in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the rise of violent extremism, combined with long-term economic stagnation, a history of conflict and structural governance failures could pose fundamental challenges to the state’s integrity. Naturally, some places are more impacted than others with the situation in parts of the Western Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus being particularly challenging. More recently, the threat level has been increasing substantially in Central Asia.
This regional brief looks at the relationship between radicalization and violent extremism and UNDP's approach of balancing appropriate security responses with long-term development solutions.