The Impact of Psychosocial Factors in the Preparation for Islamic Radicalism in Kosovo
The deep economic crisis and political tensions over the last two decades of the twentieth century and especially the developments of the war of 1998–1999, have contributed to the creation of feelings of social insecurity in all strata of Kosovo society. These circumstances, also characterized by the failure of the state apparatus, the high rate of corruption, the degradation of the public health system, and the destruction of the public education system, have all enabled the unhindered activity of foreign extremist organizations in Kosovo. During this time, all Balkan countries were captured by similar social, economic and political crises and conflicts. These circumstances were sufficient for a foreign extremist organization, deployed in Bosnia, Albania or Macedonia, and through the ethnic ties and the common Islamic tradition that prevails in this compacted geographic region, to expand its destructive activity in other parts of the Western Balkans.