BALKAN-MEDITERRANEAN INTELLIGENCE-SHARING COOPERATION AND COUNTERTERRORISM POLICY IN GREECE
John M Nomikos
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies- www.rieas.gr – based in Athens, Greece. (Publication Date: 10 March 2014).
John M Nomikos participated in the Counter-Terrorism Challenges in the Region of South Eastern Europe Conference and he delivers a paper on “Balkan-Mediterranean Intelligence-Sharing Cooperation and Counterterrorism Policy in Greece.” The Conference took place in the Slovene Armed Forces Military Schools Center (3-7 March 2014) in Maribor, Slovenia..... Read more
BULGARIAN INTELLIGENCE SERVICE AND ITS REFORMS
(Director of Centre for Strategic Research, Bulgaria)
“Intelligence is an art for sages, dedicated to it“
Major John Felix Cowgill, British MI6 counterespionage bureau
The analysis of the transformation process of the intelligence services in the post-Communist European states indicates that there is no common model and also there are no simple and clear answers to the questions related to the process.
The reason is that the process is bound to the level of consolidation of the state and the democracy, the maturity of the civil society, and in our case to the difficulties in the establishment of the new intelligence community in Bulgaria, namely weaknesses of the governance, political rifts and incompetence which has led to unregulated and inadequately managed and developed intelligence services.
THE CYPRUS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SEES PHANTOM ECONOMIC BENEFITS IN AN UNDEFINED SOLUTION TO THE CYPRUS PROBLEM
Dr Aris Petasis
(Member of the Board of Trustees, International Fund, Moscow State Aviation University)
Copyright: Aris Petasis on line
The Cyprus Chamber of Commerce (CCC) inaugurated a campaign to inform us of the economic benefits of a «just and lasting solution.” The campaign is supported by the Development Programme of the United Nations (UNDP-ACT) and by the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. For the sake of brevity I will refer to the above three as CCC/TCCC/UNDP.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION THROUGH THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN: A EUROPEAN PROBLEM
(Researcher at the European Institute for Asian Studies in Brussels. He holds an Italian Master’s Degree in Law and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center, specializing in International and National Security and the Law of the Sea.)
As the media attention on the October tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa subsides, the European Union’s (EU) consideration of the Southern Mediterranean (SouthMed) immigration crisis seems to follow suit. Despite the repeated calls for help by Southern European leaders, and the repeated reports of an increasingly dire situation on the southern border of the Union, the institution as a whole seems unable or unwilling to reconsider its stance on immigration and asylum policies.
The current European Union framework
The EU has established a border agency, FRONTEX, with the purpose of “[supporting], [coordinating] and [developing] European border management in line with the EU fundamental rights charter”, hoping to pool together capabilities and resources in an improved monitoring of its boundaries. However, border control is an integral part of a State’s national security, which is among the most “protected” interests for EU Member States. In other words, many Member States would rather just formally participate to FRONTEX, while retaining much of their own resources and capabilities at the national level, for better control of their own national security...... Read more
U.S. INTELLIGENCE OR POLICY FAILURE? THE CASE OF THE GREEK COUP IN CYPRUS IN 1974
(Postgraduate Researcher in the Center for Intelligence Studies, University of Brunel, UK)
The performance of the United States Intelligence Community (USIC), as to if and to what extent there was an intelligence failure regarding the 1974 Greek coup that led to the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, is not a very researched case study which is worth looking at.... Read more
THE RACICALIZATION OF THE ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS OF MUSLIM COMMUNITIES IN THE BALKANS
(RIEAS Internship, Senior Student in the Department of Asian and Turkish Studies, University of Athens, Greece)
The Balkans (or Southeast Europe), is the cultural and historical bridge between East and West. It is a region where many civilizations have been emerged and developed, as well as a land that has witnessed endless wars fought to enhance different visions of history. It is the geographical boundary between two worlds; Europe and Asia. Historically and strategically, the Balkans are today as important for the future of Europe as they had always been. The collapse of the Soviet Communism in the late 1980s triggered a series of significant political, social and cultural transformations in the Balkans. In former Yugoslavia, as elsewhere, this transformative process brought about the re-emergence of nationalism and the reappearance of religion in social and political life....... Read more
THE SITUATION ON THE GROUNDS IN ATHENS
(International investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler)
My friend Illias took a drag of his cigarette as he contemplated my question.
“Our government tells us that this will be a better year. No one really believes them. But all we can do is be optimistic. Too many people are committing suicide.”
His statement probably best sums up the situation in Greece right now. It’s as if the hopelessness has gone stale, and the only thing they have to replace it with is desperate, misguided, faux-optimism. And anger.
REGIONAL STABILITY AFTER TAKSIM: A HELLENIC VIEW
(Former US Army Foreign Area Officer, Graduate of the Hellenic Army Supreme War College, and former General Manager of GE Wind in SE Europe, and President of Blue White Capital LLC)
As the fog of the post Iran and Afghanistan wars dissipates, it is clear that the state of Hellenism as personified by Greece and Cyprus has declined in the face of the emerging hegemony of Turkey in the region.
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Neo-Ottoman Foreign Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey has reinforced its regional claims in the Aegean Sea and in Cyprus through its’ new-found strategy of “Strategic Depth.” Davutoglu’s views, “Turkey as the epicenter of the Balkans, Middle East, and the Caucasus, the center of Eurasia in general and is the Rimland Belt (1) cutting across the Mediterranean to the Pacific.”... Read more: English version and Greek version
A PEACE MAKER, DOWNER HE AIN’T
Prof. Marios Evriviades
(Department of International and European Studies, Panteio University, Greece)
Note: Prof. Marios Evriviades permitted us to repost his analysis.
The Australian Alexander Downer is busy these days making the rounds as a UN envoy to bring peace to Cyprus. He can’t. He is uniquely unqualified for the job and for such a high mission.
Here is why. To begin with the man is blatantly disrespectful of the ideals and principles of the United Nations, the organization he represents at the bequest of its Secretary General. The latter has been mandated by the Security Council to use his “good offices” to bring an end to the Cyprus conflict, in line with pertinent UN Resolutions.
THE DIMENSION OF “NEW” TERRORISM
(Assistant Professor of International Security, University of Piraeus)
The Riots of December 2008 and the emerge of new Terrorist Groups
Following the arrest of a number of 17N’s members in summer 2002, new terrorist groups made their appearance influenced by the spreading anti-globalization phenomenon. Using names like: ‘The Popular Revolutionary Action’, ‘Armed Revolutionary Action’ and ‘Revolutionary Struggle’, they applied their terror activity directly against targets associated with the state and its institutions. As the era of 17N was reaching its end the new trends of domestic political violence emerged following the events of December 2008, and the implications of the financial crisis. (Mary Bosis, 2011.)