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demsaut9Ehud Eilam
(Senior fellow with the Gold Institute for International Strategy. He has been dealing and studying Israel’s national security for more than 25 years. He served in the Israeli military and later on he worked for the Israeli Ministry of Defense)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 19 January 2020

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

Israel has a system of government that is based on parliamentary democracy. Israel is about to have its third election in less than a year. It could be seen a sign of problem in Israel’s democracy. There are other troubles that indicate on cracks in this relatively young democracy. ..Read more


John M Nomikos & A. Th. Symeonides


Copyright: International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence -
Volume 32, 2019 - Issue 4 Pages 677-690 | Published online: 05 Aug 2019

Throughout history, building coalitions of sovereign states has been a delicate
enterprise involving compromise based on common interests. In developing
politico-economic and defense alliances, in particular, a key concern is how
the partners organize the sharing and utilization of intelligence information,
necessarily among the most vital elements in strengthening coalition-common
actions. Read more

cyprus5Shaul Shay
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date:13 October 2019

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

Tensions intensified in the East Mediterranean after Turkey sent an oil-and-gas drilling ship (Yavuz) escorted by Turkish warships to waters off southern Cyprus- an area already licensed by Cyprus to Italian and French energy companies. The Yavuz is the second drillship that Turkey has dispatched to drill off Cyprus, joining the Fatih and other research vessels...Read more








ATHENS, GREECE – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today delivered the 15th Manuel Chrysoloras keynote speech on security cooperation in the Eastern Mediterranean. At a speech hosted by the European Public Law Organization (EPLO), Menendez spoke about the geostrategic opportunities for the region and laid out a strategy to promote peace and prosperity in the Eastern Mediterranean. Read more

turkey121Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.
(Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE) and serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She has interviewed over 600 terrorists, their family members and supporters in various parts of the world including in Western Europe, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Former Soviet Union and the Middle East)

Copyright: https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/terrorism-study/the-isis-ambassador-to-turkey/ - Homeland Security Today – Reposted at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 29 April 2019.

In the complicated relationship between the government of Turkey and ISIS, it’s unclear how much of the relationship was direct and formal, as opposed to support coming from private individuals and entities in Turkey, or in response to the vast amounts of money ISIS had to spend on a network it deployed inside Turkey to receive and funnel foreign fighters, weapons, and medical supplies into its huge state apparatus. In any case, it’s clear that every state needs diplomats to negotiate political deals with the countries near its borders. ISIS, it seems, was no exception to this rule, as ICSVE researchers learned in a February 2019 five-hour interview with an ISIS emir, Abu Mansour al Maghrebi, who claims he essentially served as the ISIS ambassador to Turkey. Read more

greco10Endy Zemenides is Executive Director of the Hellenic American Leadership Council and David Harris is American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO.

Copyright: https://www.timesofisrael.com/cyprus-greece-israel-alliance-serves-us-interests/
Reposted at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 1 April 2019

Long ago, the Mediterranean was known as the Middle Sea because for centuries, it provided the principal means of communication between empires and civilizations. Today’s Mediterranean is reclaiming much of that historic legacy....Read more

besaphoto9Ioannis (John) M. Nomikos
(Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) based in Athens, Greece. He is founding editor of the Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies (JEAIS). His research focuses on counterintelligence, counterterrorism, Greek-Israeli relations, and energy- maritime security in the Eastern Mediterranean region).

Copyright: https://besacenter.org/perspectives-papers/greece-israel-cyprus-alliance/

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 897, July 17, 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: The Eastern Mediterranean Alliance (Israel, Greece, and Cyprus) is emerging at a time of increasing global instability. All three states are firm democracies that promote peace, security, and environmental stability in the region. The tripartite alliance is strategically the most significant anchor of Greek security and economic progress. Read more

israelsyriaEhud Eilam
(Analyst of Israel's National Security)
Copyright: www.jpost.com Publication of RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 20 March 2016.

Syria now marks five years of civil war. Since the beginning of the showdown Israel has been uncertain whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's fall would be beneficiary to it. On the one hand there were Assad's ties with Israel's sworn enemies, Iran and Hezbollah, but on the other hand there was the unpredictability of a post-Assad era. Read more

meqkaragby Emmanuel Karagiannis
(Senior lecturer at the department of defense studies, King's College, London, and author of Political Islam in Central Asia (Routledge, 2010) and Energy and Security in the Caucasus (Routledge, 2002).

Middle East Quarterly, Volume 23, No. 2, Spring 2016

Copyright: http://www.meforum.org/5877/shifting-eastern-mediterranean-alliances
Republication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 6 March 2016

The Eastern Mediterranean is changing fast with its estimated 122 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas reserves (the equivalent of 21 billion barrels of oil) already having an impact on regional patterns of amity and enmity.[1] With Israel and Cyprus well underway to becoming gas exporters, the problematic Israeli-Lebanese and Cypriot-Turkish relationships have been further strained. At the same time, energy cooperation has been the driving force behind the nascent Greek-Cypriot-Israeli partnership, manifested in rapidly growing defense and economic cooperation. Clearly, the development of energy resources and their transportation will have far-reaching geopolitical implications for the Eastern Mediterranean and its nations. Read more

israelmapDan Schueftan

Dan Schueftan is the director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, the director of the International Graduate Program in National Security at that university, a visiting professor (2012–2014) at Georgetown University in Washington DC, and a lecturer at the IDF National Defense College. For the last four decades he has been a consultant to Israeli decision makers and to the top echelon of Israel's government, military, and intelligence establishments. Dr. Schueftan has published extensively on contemporary Middle Eastern political history. His most recent book (2011) is Palestinians in Israel—The Arab Minority and the Jewish State.

Copyright: Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs (http://www.israelcfr.com)
Publication on RIEAS web site: www.rieas.gr on 2 March 2015.

Note: RIEAS received the permission from the author, Dr. Dan Schueftan to repost the article from the Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs.

Israel's national security challenges are unique in the sense that no other open society has ever been surrounded by active and potential enemies and subjected to threats with an existential dimension for generations. Open societies, which maintain a democratic regime and a pluralistic way of life, impose strict limitations on their own conduct, even vis-à-vis their worst enemies, and consider upholding their core values and standards of conduct no less important than safeguarding their security and wellbeing. These restrictions on the part of Israel motivate its enemies and adversaries, unburdened as they are by equivalent inhibitions, who hope to use them to secure immunity from Israeli retribution and countermeasures. An effective response to Israel's national security challenges is, thus, more difficult than it is for other nations for three reasons: first, Israel must fight, so to speak, with one hand tied behind its back; second, its enemies are encouraged by this and forge their strategy around it; and third, Israel's partners-in-values, never having confronted a generations-long challenge of this magnitude and ferocity, are often appalled by what it takes to survive this unique challenge... Read more


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