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Members of the Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Center for Excellence visit the Center for the Study of Democracy


Radicalisation is a complex phenomenon that requires holistic policy approaches to prevention, involving a multitude of state and non-state actors. Тhe key role of frontline practitioners in prevention has been increasingly recognized at national and EU levels. The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) brings together practitioners from around Europe who work daily with people who have already been radicalised, or who are vulnerable to radicalisation.

On 17 January 2017, the Center for the Study of Democracy, together with the “Analysis and Policy” Directorate of the Ministry of the Interior, hosted a RAN study visit in Bulgaria, dedicated to the challenges in prevention of radicalisation. The study visit gathered members of the RAN Center for Excellence, representatives from Eastern European NGOs and practitioners from the police, health, social and education sectors, involved in countering radicalisation, as well as representatives of key Bulgarian institutional stakeholders such as the State Agency for National Security, the Ministry of the Interior and the penitentiary administration.

The participants were familiarised with the counter-radicalisation strategic approach and measures adopted by the Bulgarian government in response to emerging risks. Rositsa Dzhekova, Coordinator of the Security Program and Mila Mancheva, Senior Fellow of the Sociological Program at the Center for the Study of Democracy presented the findings from a study on radicalisation risks in Bulgaria, as well as ongoing efforts to develop a risk assessment toolkit for practitioners.Other topics discussed during the visit included prevention of radicalisation among youth, the role of the internet, challenges to addressing radicalisation risks faced by prison staff and other frontline practitioners from the educational, health and social services sector.

The RAN study visit participants
RAN study visit participants

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