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Ia Pozovi
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication Date: 27/07/2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was the most multi-ethnic and multi-faith republic of former Yugoslavia, where three main ethnic groups – Bosnian Muslims (or Bosniaks), Croats and Serbs used to live next to each other peacefully during the centuries; this is why BiH was rightly described as the ‘Yugoslavia in miniature.’ .... Read more

Peny Sotiropoulou
(Master's student in the MSc of Ethnicity and Multiculturalism in the Department of Sociology of the University of Bristol, UK)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr), Publication Date on 19 July 2014


Prof. Anis Bajrektarevic famously claimed that “…the conglomerate of nation-states/EU has silently handed over one of its most important debates – that of European identity – to the wing-parties, recently followed by the several selective and contra-productive foreign policy actions.” Elaborating on these actions he went further as to claim that: “…sort of Islam Europe supported in the Middle East yesterday, is the sort of Islam that Europe hosts today. (…) and “…that Islam in Turkey (or in Kirgizstan and in Indonesia) is broad, liberal and tolerant while the one in Northern Europe is a brutally dismissive and assertive.”...Read more

Alexandros Niklan
(Security Consultant/CEO, IISCA group)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) (Publication Date: 31 May 2014)

On March of 2011, many believed that this was indeed the “fat’s lady song” on terrorism in Greece. A simple camera device and a long, in duration, surveillance and forensics data analysis, resulted to the arrest of multiple core members, of the terrorist group Fire Nuclei Conspiracy which was thought as the continuous stage of former group 17N [ ]. But facts since then changed and lead now to a different direction.... Read more

John M. Nomikos

(RIEAS Director)                                                                                                                      

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr/) (Publication Date: 17 May 2014)

It is a fact that in the international environment the intelligence field is in the turning point of important developments, turnovers and revolutionary changes that are prescribed by the rapidly developing technically, practically differentiated and socially formatted environment. The targeting to the rapid and in real time intelligence process with reforming the means and the ways of its acquisition, but also its direct processing and dissemination is the fuse of broader organizational and structural changes that are already adopted by countries with tradition in the field of intelligence, such as the USA, the United Kingdom and Israel.... Read more

Antonia Dimou
(Center for Strategic Studies (CSS), University of Jordan & RIEAS Senior Advisor)

John Nomikos
(RIEAS Director)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) based in Athens, Greece. (Publication Date: 13 April 2014).

The energy findings of the East Mediterranean could ensure Europe’s energy security in terms of alternative supply sources and delivery routes. Of particular importance in the European energy security context is that a size-able proportion of confirmed discoveries are situated in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Cyprus, a EU member state, while more discoveries are on the way. Greece, also EU member state, follows next with several promising prospects. Speakers on the sidelines of the 1st Mare Forum Oil and Gas Europe 2014 at a resort south of Athens noted that, in a broader sense, the massive new findings close to the European market are destined to alter the economics and geopolitics of the wider region. The ongoing turmoil in Syria, the Ukrainian crisis, and the aftermath of the Arab spring involve oil and gas in some way or another........ Read more

Dr. Miroslav Mareš

(Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Studies,Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) based in Athens, Greece. (Publication Date: 6 April 2014)

Violent extremism is considered a serious threat to contemporary European and global security, mostly in relation to terrorism and other insurgent strategies (European Union 2014). Extremist scenes from various countries and regions are closely interconnected and they support one another. The transfer of strategies and tactical elements is also an important element of contemporary transnational extremism. The rise of extremism in one country or region is interconnected with the state of extremism in other countries and regions. This process is characteristic of the impact of extremism in Greece on East Central European extremism. The campaigns and links between left-wing extremism, right wing extremism and Islamist extremism are analysed in this article.... Read more

John M Nomikos
(RIEAS Director)

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

Simeon Nikolow
(Director of Centre for Strategic Research, Bulgaria)

Copyright: www.rieas.gr

“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.

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.  

Matteo Quattrocchi

(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.)

Copyright: www.rieas.gr

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


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