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greekusa16By Andy and Mike Manatos*

Copyright: Kathimerini Daily (originally appeared in Greek) Publication Date on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr): 6th September 2015

In light of the United States' past record, the people of Greece have every right to be wary of American officials becoming deeply involved in Greek matters. As members of a Greek-American family that has been fighting in Washington, DC for Hellenic and Orthodox issues at the highest levels of the American government for over 80 years, no one has witnessed more of these bad policies up close than we.

However, we write this piece to let you know that today is different. The stars seem to be aligning. Most encouraging, the #2 person in the White House, Vice President Joe Biden, framed and proudly displayed on his wall the headline of my publically referring to him as Joe "Bidenopoulos" immediately following his election in 2008. Biden remains a lifetime loyal friend. And our President, Barack Obama, together with his Secretary of Treasury, Jack Lew, may be referred to as Greece's best friends in recent negotiations to keep Greece in the EU...Read more

energydevel15Antonia Dimou
(Senior Advisor, Research Institute for European and American Studies, Greece, and Associate at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan)

Copyright: http://www.cceia.unic.ac.cy (Cyprus Centre for European and International Affairs) – Publication Date on RIEAS web site: 21 June 2015

The discovery of natural gas resources in the East Mediterranean promise important benefits of energy security and economic gains. A 2010 US geological survey showed that the Levantine basin - offshore Israel, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Cyprus - could hold as much as 120 trillion cubic feet, thus securing supply of energy not only for the countries of the region but also for Europe.

Regional countries are currently at various stages of exploration and development which are however fraught by political risks and policy dilemmas. Thus cooperation, conflict resolution and the creation of interdependency structures are prerequisites to unlock the potential of the region and safeguard the unimpeded flow of future gas production... Read more

blacksearegion15Claudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations-in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 4 April 2015

No discussion over the Black Sea region can be complete without referring to the energy field, more specifically oil and gas resources, pipelines, and transit routes. The energy sector is crucial not only in economic terms, but also for security. By security we mean energy security, defined as 'the uninterrupted availability of energy sources at an affordable price'. Furthermore, we are talking about security in traditional terms, mainly the danger of inter-state conflict over the control /access to natural resources...Read more

europolmigrationThe criminal group was suspected of facilitating the illegal entry into the EU of migrants mainly Syrian via maritime routes from Turkey to Greece

Copyright: www.europol.europa.eu – Publication Date on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) 23 March 2015

On 10-11 March 2015, Greek law enforcement authorities, with the support of Europol, dismantled an organized criminal group suspected of facilitating the entry of irregular migrants - mainly Syrian nationals - into Greece from Turkey via maritime routes. The group also smuggled victims from Greece to other EU Member States through a range of methods, and was involved in the production and distribution of forged travel documents and their trading to other organized criminal groups. The criminal network operated in Greece and was formed of members from several countries including Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Romania...Read more

cyprusflag14Antonia Dimou
(Senior Advisor, Research Institute for European and American Studies, Greece and Associate at the Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan)

Copyright: www.cceia.unic.ac.cy Publication Date on RIEAS web site: 15 February 2015

The national parliamentary elections in Greece highlighted the victory for the first time ever of left-wing Syriza party which gained 36.3 percent of the voter turnout securing 149 seats out of 300, short of an absolute majority. The election outcome prompted the formation of a coalition government with The Independent Greeks far-right party that supports an end to austerity. On the other side of the political spectrum, until recently ruling conservative New Democracy lost 2.1 percent of its vote share as compared to the 2012 national elections, a percentage that when converted into numbers represents a loss of 53 seats. Social democratic party Pasok continued to shrink and became the last political force that surpassed the 3 percent threshold with seats being reduced to merely 13 from 33 in 2012... Read more

moldova25Claudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations-in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date on 31 January 2015

In this article we will present a short account of the political scene in Moldova during the dissolution of the Soviet Empire, and in its aftermath. We are tracing the growth of the Democratic Movement of Moldova, and its metamorphosis into a well-organized political group which managed to get its own Prime-Minister in power, and to restore pluralism inside the Moldavian parliament. The completion of our journey will be the frozen conflict of Transnistria, which drew a yet unsettled line of contention between right-bank and left-bank Moldova....Read more

greece18Stylianos Kritharas
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication Date: 26 October 2014

The new era of global environmental issues demands the engagement of new energy policies both actively and dynamically. The turn from the traditional sources to new ones, will strengthen the economy of a nation and will bring it one step closer to energy autonomy. Development in the field of production is of high value and the next level of environmental policies opposite to redistribution.... Read more
acropolis15Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
(Professor in international law and global political studies, based in Austria. His recent book Is There Life after Facebook? is published by the New York's Addleton Academic Publishers)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication Date: 20 October 2014

A freshly released IMF's World Economic Outlook brings (yet again, for the sixth year in a row, and for the third time this year only) no comforting picture to anyone within the G-7, especially in the US and EU. Will the passionately US-pushed cross-Atlantic Free Trade Area save the day? Or, would that Pact-push drag the things over the edge and mark an end of the unionistic Europe? Is the extended EU conflict with Russia actually a beginning of the Atlantic-Central Europe's conflict over Russia, an internalization of mega geopolitical and geo-economic dilemma – who accommodates with whom, in and out of the Union? Finally, does more Ukrainian (and Eastern Europe) calamities pave the road for a new cross-continental grand accommodation, of either austerity-tired France or über-performing Germany with Russia, therefore the end of the EU? For whose sake Eastern Europe has been barred of all important debates such as that of Slavism, identity, secularism and antifascism? Why do we suddenly wonder that all around Germany-led Central Europe, the neo-Nazism gains ground while only Russia insists on antifascism and (pan-)Slavism?....  Read more
romania14Claudiu-Nicolae Sonda
(Postgraduate student in the M.A. Program - the International and European Relations-in the Linkoping University, Sweden)

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


In this short paper we will put into context the Romanian perspective on the wider Black sea region. First of all, we will try to define and understand what is the wider Black Sea region, who are the states which form it, and what sort of cooperation projects are taking place around this area of the globe. This step is elementary in setting the background on which any further analysis could be developed.....  Read more

competitive1Stathis Katopodis, M.A.
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Nikos Vassiliadis
(M.Sc. Candidate at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr),Publication Date: 27 August 2014)

This paper is focused on adapting the concept of Competitive Intelligence (CI) on governmental level. More particularly, in the case of Greece and the lessons that can be learned from the global state "competition" on the entrepreneurship sector in order to boost the country's challenged economy. We live in a world of constant changes, the global economic environment, commerce and technological innovations shift the trends of competition day after day. However, states are forced to compete in an ever ending competition that tips the scales of the regional and global balances of power... Read more


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