EU Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism (PVE) by Engaging Civil Society in Kyrgyzstan

In: Central Asian Affairs
Chiara Pierobon Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Sociology, Bielefeld University Bielefeld Germany
Associate Research Fellow, OSCE Academy Bishkek Kyrgyzstan

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Although a number of previous studies have investigated violent extremism in Central Asia, rigorous research concerning the international efforts in preventing this phenomenon in the region is still limited. In response to this gap in the literature, the paper examines the EU’s engagement in preventing violent extremism (PVE) through the involvement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in Kyrgyzstan. In particular, by providing new insights into the EU-funded civil society projects under the Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP) and its program Strengthening Resilience to Violent Extremism (STRIVE), it deepens our understanding of the security–development nexus and the approach to stability and peace that characterizes EU assistance on the ground. At the same time, by looking at the concrete activities carried out by EU-funded organizations in Kyrgyzstan, this article presents a classification of CSO forms of engagement in PVE that is relevant for the selected country and beyond.

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