H2020 - The FMSH is associated to a new project on violences and radicalizations

European project

The Violence and Exiting Violence Platform is part of a new H2020 project, lead by the Berlin-based Berghof Foundation, which tackles the prevention of violences and radicalizations in the Balkans, the Maghreb and the Middle-East.

Project PAVE - Preventing and Addressing Violent Extremism through Community Resilience in the Balkans and MENA - aims at furthering our factual knowledge of extreme violence beyond the state of the art in the Balkans and the Middle-East. It also strives for a reinforcement of the reaction capacity of the political leaders. It is set to support the dialogue between the numerous stakeholders in order to display an effective preventive policy against extremism between the EU and its neighbors.

To reach these goals PAVE will lead a global analysis of the factors and context of extreme violence at the crossroads between religions, politics and identity with a focus on the vulnerability factors of the communities in the face of ideological and behavioral radicalization patterns.
PAVE will also assess the relevance and effectivity of prevention initiatives against violent extremism, including measures heading to improve communitarian resilience.

The FMSH team oversees the work package on relations between States and religious institutions and will be coordinated by Marie Kortam, member of the International Panel on Exiting Violence and the ANR Exiting Violence.

Summary of the project

Based on an interdisciplinary, interregional and participatory approach, PAVE has two main goals:

  • improving our factual knowledge of violent extremism in the Balkans and the Middle East beyond the state of the art;
  • reinforcing the action capacity of our political leaders and support the dialogue between the many stakeholders in order to implement an effective prevention policy against violent extremism between the European Union and its neighbor-states.

The project’s four thematic fields of investigation are:

  • the interface between religious, political and ethnic/sectarian extremisms;
  • the interaction between religious and public institutions;
  • classical and online stories of (de)radicalization;
  • transnational interactions including the impacts on and from Europe.

The empirical investigation encompasses:

  • case studies of cities selected among 4 Balkan states (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia) and 3 MENA states (Tunisia, Lebanon, Iraq)
  • intra-regional comparative analyses including those taking into account the effects on European security.


Berghof Foundation GmbH | Germany

Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme | France

University of Sarajevo | Bosnia and Herzegovina

Kosovo Centre for Security Studies | Kosovo

Uppsala University | Sweden

American University of Beirut | Lebanon

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy | Greece

Middle East Institute | Iraq

Fundación Euroárabe de Altos Estudios | Spain

Sfax University | Tunisia

Trinity College Dublin | Ireland

Finn Church Aid | Finland

European Research and Project Office GmbH | Germany

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Violence and Exiting Violence Platform

The platform connects and places in perspective the various stages of violence, from entry (radicalization, arming, training, first violent action, etc.) to exit (transitional justice, demobilization, memory, traumatism, prevention, etc.), as well as its metamorphoses (mafia, organized crime, digital radicalization, etc.).
The platform consists of the Observatory of Radicalization and the Observatory of Exiting Violence. It connects some 300 researchers in an international and pluridisciplinary perspective.
The projects undertaken produce analyses for an academic readership and reports addressed to politicians, civil society stakeholders, the media and the general public, in order to link knowledge production more closely to action.


Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme | Chloé Lepart
clepart@msh-paris.fr | 01 40 48 64 15 | 06 19 44 14 80

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23 July 2019
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