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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
taiwan5Ian Easton
(Research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute in Arlington, VA. He was also a recent visiting fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs in Tokyo. Previously, he was a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses)

Copyright: http://thediplomat.com/ - Publication Date on RIEAS web site: 27 September 2014)

A look at what Taiwan is doing to ensure its air defense and why it matters for the United States and the region.

When current and former world leaders, including Bill Clinton, visit Taiwan, they often stay at the Grand Hotel Taipei, an opulent Chinese architectural landmark perched atop Yuan Mountain. With spectacular views of the downtown riverfront and a palm-lined swimming pool surrounded by lush green jungle, guests at the Grand Hotel could be forgiven for thinking they had arrived at one of the most peaceful spots in East Asia.

In fact, just under their feet lies a vast underground command center from which Taiwan's top leadership would direct their nation's armed forces in the event of a war with China. This facility, like many around the high-tech island, shows that when it comes to the defense of Taiwan, there is much more than meets the eye. Read more

Aggeliki Vassiliou
(Economic Analyst)

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

Azerbaijan is a very interesting state. If someone looks deeper into the country’s background, one would be surprised to see many elements in common with Greece; ranging from “soft” issues such as culture, food and music, to ‘hard core’ issue such as economic policies and national political identity as both nations find each other surrounded by bigger countries in the midst of the buffer zones of the Balkans and the Caucasus respectively....Read more

Adal Shymbekov
(Security Analyst based in Kazakhstan)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) based in Athens, Greece. (Publication Date: 9 June 2014)

Since getting independence in 1991, the Republic of Kazakhstan, in comparison with the other countries of Central Asia (Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan), seeks to play a more important role in the international arena.

Kazakhstan as of right enters a group of 30 leading countries-members of the UN which are working on disarmament and promotion of the nuclear-free world. This is a permanent peace policy in the foreign policy of the country.  Kazakhstan applied for a non-permanent seat of the Security Council in 2017-2018, as well as the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly in 2016.....Read more

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor based in Seattle, USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) based in Athens, Greece. (Publication Date: 5 April 2014)

It is true that China has entered a period of uncertainty caused by factors mainly connected to the “contradictions” of its economic model, if we wish to recall for a moment Mao’s thoughts. Although, overall, the Chinese economy appears resilient, key essentials have begun to feel the pressure. Recent estimates speak of a general economic slowdown, with the Chinese communist government reacting with announced intentions to support domestic demand and increase public investment. ..... Read more

As part of the RIEAS-IFIMES Publication Exchange Cooperation,
RIEAS reposts IFIMES article on “MALAYSIAN BOEING 777 ACCIDENT” written by Aviation General Blagoje Grahovac.

Copyright: International Institute for Middle East and Balkan Studies (www.ifimes.org). Posted on RIEAS web site on 30 March 2014.

On the basis of the information gathered and published it is possible to establish some important parameters for the reconstruction of the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 accident. Those parameters are...   Read more

Murray Hunter
(Associate professor at the University Malaysia Perlis)

Copyright: www.ifimes.org

Ironically Australia is cutting its foreign aid budget by AUD 4.5 Billion over the next 4 years, while at the same time increasing its intelligence budget. This is not a good message to be sending out to the region if sincere and open engagement is truly sort by the Abbott Government. Asia is judging Australia by its actions, not rhetoric, and there appears to be a massive failure which the Abbott Government must quickly react to, if Australia's interests are to be safeguarded...  Read more

Nicky Hager
(Author, and Investigate Journalist based in Wellington, New Zealand)

Copyright: http://www.nickyhager.info


The Security Intelligence Service is New Zealand’s internal intelligence agency, which was set up to spy on New Zealanders and foreign people and organisations within New Zealand who are regarded as a threat to the country’s security. ‘Security’ has a very specific meaning for the SIS: it is defined in the SIS legislation as covering espionage, sabotage, terrorism and ‘subversion’ (planning to overthrow the state by force) plus two poorly defined recent extensions covering threats to New Zealand’s ‘international and economic well being’. The SIS also vets people in or applying for senior government jobs, gives security advice to government departments and, in recent years, it has begun some overseas intelligence collection operations, about which very little is yet known.

By Dr. Andreas Liaropoulos *

Copyright: www.rieas.gr

The purpose of this paper is to analyze the relationship between Greece and the Republic of China (Taiwan).  The aim is not only to explore the nature of the bilateral relationship, but also to evaluate the importance of the European Union (EU). In order to do that, we will first refer to the context of the EU-Taiwanese relations. Having defined the general context of the EU-Taiwanese relations, we will then focus on how Athens and Taipei view each other. In the end, we will attempt to highlight areas and issues were both countries can benefit from a stronger and more productive partnership.........   Read more

Anis H. Bajrektarevic
(Geopolitics of Energy Editorial Member, and Chairperson for Intl. Law & Global Pol. Studies, Vienna, Austria)

Copyright: Anis H. Bajrektarevic on line

As the recent maritime contests in both the South and the East China Sea has shown, Beijing underestimated an emotional charge that the territorial disputes carry along, as well as the convenience given to the neighbors to escalate these frictions in order to divert public attention from their own pressing domestic socio-economic and political issues. A costly, spiral and dangerous game of the reinvigorated nationalistic rhetoric, it presently instigate a climate that could easily hijack the next Asian decade as a whole......  Read more


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