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kos14Joseph Fitsanakis
(Senior Editor, IntelNews)

Copyright: https://intelnews.org Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 10 December 2016

A German retiree living in Greece, who admitted in court that he was part of a network of German and other Western European residents of Greece recruited as spies by Turkish intelligence, has been jailed for 14 years. The 65-year-old man, who has not been named, was arrested two years ago in the southeastern Aegean island of Kos. He was born in Cold-War-era East Germany and worked as a locksmith before serving for 15 years in the East German National People’s Army. From 2009 to 2012, he lived in Turkey before moving permanently to Greece. Read more

euflag16By Tomislav Jakić
(Croatian journalist (TV and press), specialized in covering the international scene. He served for the most part of his 10 year in office as foreign policy advisor to the second President of the Republic of Croatia, Stjepan Mesić).

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

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

After Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections (which was, by the way, a surprise only to those indoctrinated, seduced or simply bought), Europe, or to be more precise: the European Union is behaving like an orphan, abandoned by its strong father, whose hand it held and whom he(she) followed wherever he went. Europe does not know. Europe is asking. Europe has to know. Europe is warning. All this is addressed to the new leader who will take over the White House in mid-January next year. When we say “Europe” we think, it should be repeated, on the European Union, although the countries, just a few of them remaining, who are not already members of the EU are equally puzzled, they don’t know what to do and who will give them instructions for their behavior in the future....Read more

egyptitalyDaniele Scalea
(Geopolitical analyst, Director-general of IsAG (Rome Institute of Geopolitics) and Ph.D. Candidate in Political studies at the Sapienza University, Rome and he has written three books)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 25 September 2016.

The last, recent joint note of Italian and Egyptian attorneys on Giulio Regeni's murder shows that a good degree of cooperation in the investigation has been finally reached. Unfortunately that has required various months during which Egyptian transparency wasn't so high. Moreover, as the Italian attorney Pignatone has reminded, that underway is not a joint but a mere Egyptian investigation, to which Italian investigators are only collaborating. So, the chances that we will know one day who and why really killed Regeni are in the hands of destiny and of Egyptian judiciary. For now, it appears fallen at least the trail to the alleged gang of kidnappers killed by the Egyptian police last March....Read more

cyprus25Dr. Yiorghos Leventis
(Director, International Security Forum based in Cyprus)

Copyright: www.inter-security-forum.org Publication date at RIEAS web site: www.rieas.gr on 18 June 2016

Last Monday 13 of June, as the hot Mediterranean summer working day was here in Lefkosia drawing to a close, we received another unexpected blow (?) to our international standing if not reputation: our top diplomat Andreas Mavroyiannis was defeated in his bid to be elected President of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly. There is no doubt that the election of a Cypriot diplomat to the international organization's General Assembly top post would have meant a great boost for the battered semi-occupied Republic of Cyprus. ...Read more

nationalsec16Their Impact on National Security in the Coming Decades

Gregory R. Copley
(President of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA),
based in Washington, DC., USA)

Note: Gregory R. Copley delivered a speech at the John Naisbitt University Conference,
National and International Security: Contemporary Global Challenges, Belgrade: February 4, 2016

The world is undergoing a geopolitical restructuring and human transition on a scale which has not been seen for perhaps a thousand years. This in turn generates what appear to be unrecognizable social, technological, and geostrategic situations, resulting in policy confusion in most societies. Read more

shaunmigShaun Riordan
(A Former British Diplomat and Director of ZEIA)

Copyright: http://www.shaunriordan.com/?p=266 - Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 6 March 2016

Historians of the future will compare our reactions to the migrant crisis with those of our grandparents to the plight of the Jews in the 1930s. We may not come too well out of the comparison. We need to provoke ourselves in to new thinking, and more important, action. Feuerbach thesis nº11 – the aim of philosophy must be to change the world, not just think about it. Our political elites have already demonstrated their inability to tackle the issues, preferring personal ambition to humanitarian solidarity....Read more

privatesec101Ourania Tsichlaki (CCO)
(Certified Confidentiality Officer (CCO) authorization by Business, Espionage Controls and Counter Measures Association. She works at the Private Security Industry, has studied Security Management and graduated in shipping studies. She received trainings in various security issues and has contributed in "SINTAKTIS Review" and "Security Manager Review")

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 24 April 2016

Security issues are rapidly changing. The existed knowledge and training are in front of the phenomenon of t/2, (t/2 is the phenomenon that the acquired knowledge in desks is not valid after some time due the new produced knowledge and the transformation in several sectors e.g. technology, medicine etc. t/2 is not the same for every scientific or technological sector) even though security does not dispose a large scale degree of change like scientific studies...Read more

natophoto1Dr. Goure
(Vice President with the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. He is involved in a wide range of issues as part of the institute's national security program).

Copyright: http://lexingtoninstitute.org/ - Republication date on the Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas) on 15 October 2015.

The Eastern Mediterranean is in crisis. The focus of U.S. and NATO security concerns is moving inexorably westward from Iraq and eastern Syria as a result of the civil wars in Syria and Libya, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, massive refugee flows to Europe, the expansion of Iranian influence in the Near East, uncertainty in the Israeli-Palestinian relationship and renewed Russian presence in Syria. Add to these problems the discovery of major energy reserves in the eastern Mediterranean and the expansion of the Suez Canal, and the likelihood of expanded conflicts in the area is growing along with the importance of NATO facilities at Souda Bay in Crete, Greece. Read more

soudabayDr. Goure
(Vice President with the Lexington Institute, a nonprofit public-policy research organization headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. He is involved in a wide range of issues as part of the institute's national security program).

Copyright: http://lexingtoninstitute.org/ - Republication date on the Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas) on 11 October 2015.

Even as the Greek economy struggles to establish equilibrium and politicians in Athens work to implement new austerity measures, its military continues to provide security and support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance in the Eastern Mediterranean. NATO's southern flank has been hit by a wave of security challenges including mass illegal immigration, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and arms trafficking. As a result, NATO's maritime forces are stretched thin responding to this increased demand. Recent international crises at sea underscore the need for collective NATO efforts and new training demands to protect member nations... Read more

refugeesimmigrationBy Cecile Abi Tayeh
(RIEAS Research Associate)

The article is edited by Antonia Dimou (RIEAS Senior Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 13th September 2015

Millions of people have fled their homes because of the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya. The biggest crisis is centered on Syria, where the number of those fleeing to other countries has currently exceeded four million. Many who are able seek refuge in Europe. This often involves a perilous journey across the Mediterranean, a journey that has cost the lives of thousands of men, women and children. One of the deadliest events was the loss of around 800 people according to the UN in the Mediterranean Sea coming from Libya to Italy. Another event happened in August 2015 where bodies of 49 migrants were found in the hold of a fishing boat - most of them died because of smoke inhalation. This has raised the total number of human losses in 2015 to more than 2,300 dead migrants in the Mediterranean Sea...Read more

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