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M.C. König, MA

PhD Candidate
M.C. König, MA

Regional counterterrorism cooperation in South East Europe and regional identification processes

Recently, South East Europe has experienced an increase in regional cooperation in the context of the ongoing European Union (EU) enlargement. In recent years, regional cooperation particularly in the area of security has intensified, partly due to the EU setting the security issues of the South East European aspirants for membership high on its agenda. For instance, in its 2018 strategy towards the Western Balkans, the European Commission assigns security policy high priority. Within the priority of security, an apparent focus lies on counterterrorism and countering violent extremism (CVE).

Some scholars observe a connection between regional identification with SEE and regional cooperation as part of integration into the EU. Considering the particular focus on counterterrorism and CVE, this project investigates how regional counterterrorism cooperation interacts with regional identification processes in South East Europe. This project takes the Western Balkan Counter-Terrorism Initiative (WBCTi) as a case study and asks in what ways such counterterrorism cooperation interacts with identification. Looking at this question from a critical security studies perspective, I seek to question the use of security policy for (regional) identification.

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