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iranmap19Kiril Avramov & Ruslan Trad
(Post-doctoral fellow at the Intelligence Studies Project at the University of Texas at Austin, USA), & (Freelance journalist and analyst with over ten years experience covering of MENA, Balkans, and Turkey regional issues)

Copyright: https://theglobepost.com/2018/12/10/iran-stealth-presence-balkans/
Repost at RIEAS web site on 10 December 2018

Iran’s global disinformation operations have drawn significant attention, but their presence on the Balkans remains slightly out of focus. The public and media continue to underestimate the potential of Tehran’s operations in the region. Read more

greece14Sam Drimakis
(Assistant Professor, Webster University, Athens Campus)

This is an opinionated paper on how the Greek Economic Crisis occurred and how it presents a threat to the European Union in terms of its continuation. The research methods of observations and media headlines regarding this issue is used. My opinions on how the Greek economic crises is persistent due to external and internal factors fueling the crisis is shown. Using this as a guide is up to the readers’ discretion.

Keywords: Greek Government, Crisis, Debt, Germany, Eurozone

The Greek crisis is not one of economic crisis only but of social and political nature as well, with foreign influence that causes it to be on going. The chief contributor to Greece's financial crisis is so familiar to Americans who hit tough times in 2008. After all it is the same problem spending. Consumers who become over-leveraged and spent more than they take home. What Greece did it undertook a policy of deficit spending to support its vast social programs? They were mismanaged and ballooned out as the Greek economy soured. The Greek governments borrowed to finance its overspending, issuing debt at an increasing rate. As Greek law makers continued to increase the country's debt load, anxious investors increased the cost of borrowing for Greece by widening the bond yield spreads and increasing the risk premium for credit default swaps on Greek debt. To put it simple as Greece continued to borrow at high levels, the cost of borrowing money increased too, making each euro dollar borrowed cost more in interest than the last...Read more

csec18Choutea Eleana
(Security Analyst, & RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)Publication date: 16 September 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

More often than ever to Greek standards the term "cyber-attack" is used, based on the latest developments and attacks by Turkish hackers. Joseph Nye is topical- especially in the last two years at the global level - with its formalities on hybrid war, which he described it as "that form of war that requires the development of new weapons, the use of innovative technologies and the use of non-weapons"...Read more

htrafphoto9Carlos López-Veraza Pérez
(Public Prosecutor, Huelva, Spain)

Note: An early version of this text has been presented at the OSCE Conference (18 Alliance against Trafficking in Persons, Vienna 2018)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 22 July 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Identifying and prosecuting Trafficking in Human Beings (hereinafter, THB) is often very difficult because of the fear of the victims to testify in a criminal proceeding. Therefore, it is fundamental that there is cooperation among states, at all levels and with a holistic plan of action. ..Read more

lonewolf92Interview with Dr. Matthew Crosston
(Faculty Member, Doctoral Programs, School of Security and Global Studies, American Military University)

Copyright: https://inhomelandsecurity.com/look-lone-wolf-terrorism-2020s/
Posted at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 1July 2018.

Note: Dr. Matthew Crosston is also RIEAS Senior Advisor

In 10 years’ time, the “9/11 syndrome” will be over, according to Dr. Matthew Crosston. In this exclusive vlog, American Military University’s Dr. Crosston discusses terrorism in its current state and what the future of counterterrorism efforts will look like in the next decade. Read more

csec18Choutea Eleana (ΜA)
(RIEAS Research Assistant)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 20 May 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).
First published on Geopolitcs & Daily News - (Greek language)

It is fair enough to describe the 21st century as “Century of Technology and Information”. The relationship between political technology and military technology becomes closer as the first produces dual use technology used by the latter. Technological development of a state undoubtedly affects economic and military power in times of war and peace, transforming the world and influencing relations among states.... Read more


Serial No. 115–47 Printed for the use of the Committee on Foreign Affairs

Copyright: Available via the World Wide Web: http://www.foreignaffairs.house.gov/ or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ Publication at RIEAS web site: (www.rieas.gr) on 12 March 2018

The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 2:00 p.m., in room 2200 Rayburn House Office Building, Hon. Dana Rohrabacher (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding. Read more

parliamentphotoPublished by the Authority of the House of Lords
HOUSE OF LORDS Select Committee on International Relations
1st Report of Session 2017–19 HL Paper 53

Copyright: www.parliament.uk
Publication date at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 14 January 2018


In the 20th century, the Western Balkans endured a number of serious conflicts—each following periods of complacency, meddling or inattention from the international community, each expanding beyond the borders of the region, and each involving the UK. It is a region which, in many respects, remains in the shadow of the wars of the 1990s. Whereas many of its neighbours have progressed, political instability, inter-ethnic tensions and the competing influence of third countries have slowed progress towards regional reconciliation and greater consonance with the rest of Europe. The region suffers from authoritarian leadership, weak democratic institutions and serious challenges from organised crime and corruption. This situation is exacerbated by uncertainty about EU accession, a brain drain of young and educated people, and a rise in extremism and anti-democratic nationalism....Read more

oligarchy8Alexander Clapp
(Journalist based in Athens. His work has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement and The National Interest)

Copyright: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2018/01/05/new-greek-oligarchy/

The strange saga of a Greek-Russian tobacco tycoon shows how crisis-era Greece has regressed into a post-Soviet-style oligarchy.
Ivan Ignatyevich Savvidis has played many unusual roles in his life—one of the great tobacco tycoons of Eurasia, a member of Russia’s Duma, a confidante of Vladimir Putin —but it is his latest one that is now sounding off alarm bells throughout Europe. Savvidis is the parvenu of Greece’s oligarchic scene. Since the onset of the economic crisis, he has effectively seized personal ownership over vast sectors of Thessaloniki, Greece’s second city and its maritime gateway to the Balkans. The fire sale of old state assets—an auctioning process ordained by the European Union as part of its enforcement of economic austerity, but which has become overwhelmingly rigged by vested political interests within Greece—has given Savvidis a rare opportunity to invest hundreds of millions of euros into his ancestral homeland. A soccer team, a grand luxury hotel, a tobacco conglomerate, a water-bottling company, a fleet of beach resorts, a television station, a trio of newspapers, great stretches of coastline and blocs of Thessaloniki real estate, the port of Salonika and its industrial warehouses: these are but a few of the holdings that Savvidis has quietly acquired in the last eight years. The buying spree has lately given rise to a strange new coinage across the newspaper headlines and streets of his adopted city: Ivanaptiksi, “prosperity emanating from Ivan.” Read more

mig101Muslims are projected to increase as a share of Europe’s population – even with no future migration

Copyright: http://www.pewforum.org/2017/11/29/europes-growing-muslim-population/ 
Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 23 December 2017

In recent years, Europe has experienced a record influx of asylum seekers fleeing conflicts in Syria and other predominantly Muslim countries. This wave of Muslim migrants has prompted debate about immigration and security policies in numerous countries and has raised questions about the current and future number of Muslims in Europe. Read more


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