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digitalmissions9Kiril Avramov

(Post-doctoral fellow at the Intelligence Studies Program at the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and former Vice-Rector of the New Bulgarian University in Sofia and a former Senior Fulbright Visiting Researcher at CREEES, UT Austin, Texas, USA)

Copyright: https://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/advent-digital-mercenaries
Repost at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 1 April 2019.

The topic of use and role of private military contractors in modern warfare periodically gains the intensive focus of public attention and scholarly scrutiny. It happens so, due either to highly publicized lobbying efforts of the proponents of private military and security companies’ (PMSC) wider implementation Read more

insideintelChristos Patrikalas
(RIEAS Intern, postgraduate student at Groningen University, The Netherlands)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 18 March 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).

Within the field of intelligence studies, there has been much discussion concerning the intrinsic purpose and nature of intelligence (Kahn, 2008) (Davies, 2009). Whether its aim lies somewhere between informing and advising or whether it has other collateral uses can be considered as a matter of definition. Whichever definition one may choose to use, the weaponization of intelligence is an occurring phenomenon. Read more

eutrumpCopyright: Reproduction permitted provided the author www.kassandros.gr

Reposted at RIEAS web site on 3 March 2019

Relations between the EU and the US are taking a steep downward trend.

There is, simultaneously, a worse situation to this one.

Relations between the EU Countries are taking a steeper downward trend....Read more

inteleuphotoMusa Khan Jalalzai

(Security Expert).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 February 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).

Most discussions in electronic media and intellectual forums about the effect of globalization and National Security predominantly focus on the threat of radicalization, lone-wolves and jihadism in Europe. In yesteryears, we have accustomed to dozen of terror-related fatalities in several EU member states that brought to light the Achilles-heel of poor and reluctant intelligence sharing on law enforcement level. Notwithstanding the plethora of books, journals and research papers on national security and intelligence cooperation in Europe, there has been an iota research work on interconnectedness and togetherness since years.1...Read more

wtadni19Daniel R. Coats
(Director of National Intelligence)


Statement for the Record
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence - January 2019

Copyright: https://www.dni.gov/index.php/newsroom/congressional-testimonies/item/1845-statement-for-the-record-worldwide-threat-assessment-of-the-us-intelligence-community

The Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released its annual Worldwide Threat Assessment” today. The written statement accompanied oral testimony given by Director Daniel Coats to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The ODNI warns that both the Islamic State and al Qaeda maintain global networks that are far from defeated. The Islamic State still has “thousands” of fighters in Iraq and Syria alone, contradicting claims by President Trump and other administration officials that the so-called caliphate has been defeated. Read more

oversightphoto105Anthony Bergin
(Senior analyst at ASPI and a senior research fellow at the ANU’s National Security College)

Kate Grayson
(Teacher and an independent researcher who previously served as an adviser to the late Senator Russell Trood)

Copyright: https://www.aspistrategist.org.au/intelligence-oversight-or-out-of-sight-recommendations-for-legislative-review/ - Australian Strategic Policy Institute (Australia), 18 January 2019 – Posted at RIEAS web site on 20 January 2019.

Australia’s national intelligence community (NIC) has grown and evolved significantly in recent years. But its key oversight and accountability mechanisms have remained comparatively unchanged and legislatively constrained.

By their very nature, intelligence agencies need to be secretive, and the standards of accountability and oversight they’re subject to necessarily differ from those applicable to other parts of government. Read more

securityphoto16Brian King
(PhD Candidate, Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore)

Copyright: Brian King on line (www.glossrating.org)
Posted on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 24 December 2018

I am conducting a research effort to quantify the threat/risk perceptions of country security experts. This project grew out of my PhD research on intelligence failure and threat perception at the Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. I am asking security experts to rate from 0-100 their perception of four key security issues (terrorism, crime, protest, and the overall risk of being a traveller) on a quarterly basis. ..Read more

generalcarterukGeneral Sir Nick Carter KCB CBE DSO ADC Gen, Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence. The Chief of the Defence Staff Lecture is held annually at RUSI, covering key topical defence and security issues.

Copyright: https://rusi.org/event/annual-chief-defence-staff-lecture-and-rusi-christmas-party-2018 - Repost at RIEAS web site on 15 December 2018.

The Speech

Good evening – it’s a great privilege to be with you this evening to give my first annual Chief of the Defence Staff lecture precisely six months after I started in the job. And without getting overly excited I guess there’s never been a better week for a CDS to be controversial …but just before you get too excited, I hope I can live up to the billing I have just received. Read more

kissinger19TURN BACK TIME
The former secretary of state pushed one president to use China to isolate the Soviet Union. These days, he’s counseling almost the reverse—and officials are listening.

ASAWIN SUEBSAENG, ANDREW DESIDERIO, SAM STEIN, BETHANY ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN
(Authors)

Copyright: https://www.thedailybeast.com/henry-kissinger-pushed-trump-to-work-with-russia-to-box-in-china

The former secretary of state pushed one president to use China to isolate the Soviet Union. These days, he’s counseling almost the reverse—and officials are listening. Henry Kissinger suggested to President Donald Trump that the United States should work with Russia to contain a rising China. Read more

banking92Oliver k. M. Aziator
(Senior banking analyst and Blockchain Advocate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 4 March 2018

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

If you are reading this article it means you are directly involved in the world of internet, this wonderful innovation has made it possible to connect everyone around the world directly. Through this innovation, the most promising new disrupt technologies have emerged for the future; Thus, the world of the blockchain. It is right to ask if the blockchain technology is a disruptive innovation? why is this novelle technology pacing slowly? This because the technology has only reached the required level of maturity wide mainstream use. What is a disrupting technology? It is the one that displays established technology and revolutionizes industry or ground shaking product that creates a completely new industry...Read more

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