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Expert Conversations: Talking about recruitment, radicalization and emerging threats - PANEL II: Current threats and emerging trends
Time CET Activity

11:00 – 11:10 Introduction,
Nermina Kuloglija, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

11:10 – 11:40 Expert Talk I: Michael Colborne, Bellingcat
Topic: The Far-Right and Ukraine
Discussant: Denis Džidić, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

11:40 – 12:10 Expert talk II: Dr Asya Metodieva, Institute of International Relations Prague
Topic: Syria and Foreign Fighters
Discussant: Prof. dr. Sead Turčalo, Atlantic Initiative

12:10 – 12:40 Expert Talk III: Dr Anton Shekhovtsov, Centre for Democratic Integrity
Topic: Geopolitics of the Far-Right and Russia
Discussant: Prof. dr. Edina Bećirević, Atlantic Initiative

12:40 – 13:00 Moderator and discussant: Nermina Kuloglija, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

13:00 – 13:30 Questions and Answers

Apr 28, 2021 11:00 AM in Sarajevo, Skopje, Zagreb

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Speakers

Michael Colborne
@Bellingcat
Michael Colborne is a journalist who has written extensively about the radical right. His current work focuses on the far-right in central and eastern Europe, with a special interest in transnational radical right extremism. Michael has written in detail about the far-right in Ukraine, both as a freelance journalist and as a contributing team member at investigative journalism site Bellingcat, where he has monitored and investigated far-right activities in Ukraine as part of the Bellingcat Monitoring Project. Michael’s articles about Ukraine’s far-right have explored, for example, the Azov movement’s international ambitions (Haaretz), neo-Nazis sharing and selling translations online of a radical right extremist terrorist manifesto (Bellingcat), the Azov movement’s ideological roots in the French Nouvelle Droite (Foreign Policy) and a Ukraine-based neo-Nazi group of Russian origin (Bellingcat).
Asya Metodieva
@Institute of International Relations
Asya Metodieva is a Researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague. She holds a PhD from Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Her research focuses on radical movements, polarization and information warfare with a focus on the Western Balkans. She holds an MA in Public Policy from CEU and in International Relations and Security Studies from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. In 2019 she was a visiting PhD Candidate at the University of Oxford. She held the 2018 Sotirov Fellowship at LSE IDEAS and 2018 Re-think CEE Fellowship of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Dr Anton Shekhovtsov
@Centre for Democratic Integrity
Dr Anton Shekhovtsov is Director of the Centre for Democratic Integrity (Austria) and Associate Research Fellow at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Sweden). He holds a PhD in Slavonic and East European Studies from University College London. His main area of expertise is the European far right and Russian malign influence in Europe. His most recent book is Russia and the Western Far Right (Routledge, 2018). He is the editor of the “Explorations of the Far Right” book series at ibidem-Verlag (Germany) and a member of the Editorial Board of Fascism: Journal of Comparative Fascist Studies.