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vietnamphotoVinod Anand
(Brig. Vinod Anand has served in the army and is alumnus of Defence Services Staff College and College of Defence Management. He was also Senior Research Fellow at Institute of Defence Stud-ies and Analysis. After retirement he was with United Service Institute of India for five years as a Senior Fellow before joining the present assignment in Vivekananda International Foundation, a think tank which does research on internal and external security issues besides regional security and international relations).

Copyright: http://www.transnationalstudies.org
Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 11th September 2016.

While the ASEAN Summit is going to take place in Vientiane on September it is time to take stock of how Vietnam-ASEAN relations have evolved over the years and how can the engagement be further intensified in a mutually beneficial manner. Not only has Vietnam benefited from its membership of the ASEAN but also it has contributed in equal measure, if not more, to the ASEAN as an organization and as a community that has become a very significant grouping in terms of political, economic, security and strategic considerations....Read more

uspakistanRakesh Krishnan Simha
(He is a New Zealand-based journalist and foreign affairs analyst. He started his career in 1995 with New Delhi-based Business World magazine, and later worked in a string of positions at other leading media houses such as India Today, Hindustan Times, Business Standard and the Financial Express, where he was the news editor).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 June 2016

One of the ironies of being a Pakistani living abroad, especially in the West, has to pose as Indian. According to Asghar Choudhri, the chairman of Brooklyn's Pakistani American Merchant Association, a lot of Pakistanis can't get jobs after 9/11 and after the botched Times Square bombing of 2010, it's even worse. "They are now pretending they are Indian so they can get a job," he told a US wire service....Read more

india15Dr. Swaleha Sindhi
(Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. Decorated educational practitioner Dr. Sindhi is a frequent columnist on related topics, too. She is the Vice President of Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 15 May 2016

In the present era of globalization, organizations are expected to work with a creative rather than a reactive perspective and grow to be flexible, responsive and capable organizations in order to survive. In the existing scenario people are exposed to diverse knowledge through internet, there is much to learn and more to assimilate. Senge's (1990) model of the five disciplines of a learning organization emphasizes on the concept of systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, building shared vision and team learning. ...Read more

borderscontrolJohn Coyne
(Senior Analyst at Australian Strategic Policy Institute- ASPI)

Copyright: http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/ Publication on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 3 May 2016

According to Frontex, the EU's border management agency, last year there were over 1.8 million illegal border crossings detected along Europe's external Schengen borders—six times the detections reported in 2014. Europe's external border security measures are now under immense pressure, while its internal border controls are all but non-existent...Read more

rocmainchinaA Report

Copyright: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) – Republished on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 14 November 2015

Since 2008, the two sides have created peaceful and stable conditions in the Taiwan Strait, winning widespread approval and support from the people of both sides, as well as from the international community. This is an important milestone in the development of cross-strait relations. In the process, resolving disputes peacefully has been the core value, while institutionalization of negotiations has been the method. Both sides should work to protect this hard-won mechanism and historic achievement...Read more

straitsoftaiwanAndrew Hsia
Minister, Mainland Affairs Council of the Republic of China

July 13, 2015

Copyright: Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C., USA – Publication Date: 2 August 2015 on RIEAS web site: www.rieas.gr – Athens, Greece.

Director of the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies of the Brookings Institution Dr. Richard Bush, Ladies and Gentlemen, Good day!
The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) is honored to hold this conference again with the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution and the Association of Foreign Relations. This is my first visit to Washington since becoming minister of the MAC. I would like to take this opportunity to exchange with you firsthand experience and views on recent developments in cross-strait affairs...Read more

afg14Hanif-ur-Rehman (PhD)
(Lecturer in H/9 College Islamabad, Pakistan)

Jamshed Khan
(Scholar in the Department of History Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 15 November 2014

The British Colonial government safely retreated after the partition of Indian subcontinent in August 1947 leaving behind the legacy of disputes in the region, like the problem of Kashmir and Durand Line, which are still lingering on, creating hurdles between India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. All the three countries have a history of hostility due to these unresolved problems jeopardizing the regional security and economic integration. The issue of Kashmir led to full-fledged wars between Indian and Pakistan. The Afghan government also has more often than not blamed Pakistan of infiltrating rough forces in Afghanistan to have a clout against India and to keep the issue of Durand Line at bay. Since Afghan War, Pakistan has tried its best to have a Pakhtun government in Afghanistan. However, even the Taliban, considered to be Pakistan's boys, refused to recognize Durand Line as an international boundary. If history is any thing to go by these proxies instead of serving the interests of their masters have proved to be Frankenstein monster, creating problems for all the three states and the regions in the forms of militancy and terrorism.... Read more

pak14Hanif-ur-Rehman (PhD)
(Lecturer in H/9 College Islamabad, Pakistan)

Jamshed Khan 
(Scholar in the Department of History Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 9 November 2014

The attacks on World Trade Centre (WTC) and Pentagon on 11 September which killed around 3000 civilians and caused material loss of more than hundred billion dollars was simply tragic. The attacks brought about not only a "seismic shift in international relations" but also forced Pakistan to change its policy towards the Taliban regime and emerged as Front Line state in War against terrorism. The event of 9/11 brought the war-torn Afghanistan to the lime light of global politics. The US authorities were adamant to bring to justice the perpetrators of the heinous crime. In its 'crusade' against the mastermind of the terrorist attacks, the US President George W. Bush asked the world community that there couldn't be any neutral in the war against terrorism. Pakistan, due to its geographical location and its 'special relations' with the Taliban became the focus of US strategy to isolate al-Qaeda and Taliban in Afghanistan. The world in general and Pakistan in particular was given a choice by US authorities, "either to be with us or against us" in its fight against the Global War on Terror (GOWT). After Taliban and al-Qaeda rout in Afghanistan in the wake of US-led operation, most of them fled to Pakistan's Tribal Area. In the wake of 9/11 and the subsequent US-led Operation Endurance Freedom by the US led coalition against the Taliban regime, FATA was catapulted to the center stage of world politics.... Read more

taiwan5Marc Cheng
(Executive Director, EU-Taiwan Office in Taipei, Taiwan (ROC)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 2 November 2014

Due to the European Union's one China policy which recognize the Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) as the sole legal government of China, there is no diplomatic or formal political relations between the EU and the Republic of China (ROC), Taiwan's official name. The only European state that has kept diplomatic relations with Taiwan is the Holy See. Even lack of official relations with most of the European countries, Taiwan has still established 1 embassy, 21 representative offices and 1 mission in the area of Europe. In 2003, the EU Commission opened a representation in Taipei, the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO). Today, there are 16 EU member states out of 28 are represented in Taipei.... Read more
asia14Leo Lin
(Senior law enforcement officer and professional interpreter in Taiwan. He is a member of the SGOC and a research associate with Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) in Athens. He specializes in transnational organized crime issues and police/judicial cooperation in East and Southeast Asian region)

Copyright: ECPR Standing Group on Organized Crime http://sgocnet.org/ Publication Date on the Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) on 15 October 2014.

Fighting organized crime (OC) with joint efforts has already become a prevalent practice among different regions of the world. However, if politics became the major stumbling blocks for the mutual cooperation to combat OC, and that would be interesting to see how this security issue can be addressed. In Asia, People's Republic of China (PRC) and Republic of China (ROC or Taiwan) are perhaps the two most peculiar states whose bilateral relations are way too complex to explain in any lengthy articles. Over the decades, contentions about the history and national identities always come into play on both sides, and consequently, they see each other as potential enemies. This has largely thwarted the cooperation in many aspects between them.....  Read more

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