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Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor based in Seattle, USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) based in Athens, Greece. (Publication Date: 23 March 2014)  

Crimea has voted overwhelmingly to break away from the Ukraine and join Mother Russia. Mr. Putin has declared Crimea a part of Russia. Should this be cause for a generalized crisis between Moscow and the West with undertones of Cold War-like “punitive action” against the Russians?

From the outset of this crisis the West’s clamoring for “punishing” Russia over this “breach of international law” appeared lukewarm to anyone watching closely the capitals of both the US and Europe. As usual, opponents of Russian “aggression” against the Ukraine waved various tomes of international legal text like broadswords in an obvious effort to appear holding the higher moral ground. However, to the eyes of somber observers -- but, also, many ‘average’ citizens, who pay attention to international news -- these (not so convincing) belligerent calls sounded hypocritical, to say the least.....  Read more

Dr. Juho Kotakallio

Dr. Juho Kotakallio
(Licentiate of Philosophy from the University of Helsinki, Finland.
His PhD research focuses on British intelligence and Finland 1918–1941)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) – www.rieas.gr - based in Athens, Greece – (Date of Publication: 22 February 2014)

Intelligence organizations can be considered a necessary part of the state. They operate in symbiosis with governments and have to adapt to current political situations, budgets and other changing elements. Finnish intelligence services can be traced to the First World War, when the Finnish activists, who were working against Russia, established an intelligence bureau in Stockholm, Sweden. The Russia gendarme administration observed activist and other separatist movements. The period under Russian rule, the independence of Finland in 1917 and especially the Civil War in 1918 had impact on Finnish intelligence....Read more

Stathis Katopodis (MA)
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) - www.rieas.gr – based in Athens, Greece (Date of Publication: 25 January 2014)


National Security is one of the ingredients of safeguarding peace and prosperity within a society. However, as the Global Village grows, new threats and challenges emerge and the fight against them is nothing less than constant. With international terrorism rising, 9/11 and the bombing attacks in Madrid and London were the events that called for immediate security changes in the transatlantic world..... Read more

Aleš Debeljak
(Graduated in comparative literature from the University of Ljubljana and received his Ph.D. in Social Thought from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, New York.)

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Where does Europe end? The question of boundary has been discussed for quite some time. It is an old one indeed, going back to the destruction of the Jewish temple, the disintegration of the Greek city-states, and the collapse of the Roman Empire. This is what provides historical material for the narrative of what it means to be a European today. The idea of uniting various European lands is also an old one and has seen many different incarnations. One of them was captured well by Charlemagne's motto: Renovatio Imperii Romani or Reconstruction of the Roman Empire. After his kingdom disintegrated, numerous fiefdoms sprung up in its wake. ......  Read more

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This briefing paper draws comparisons between neo-Nazi criminal activities in Germany, Hungary and Austria involving murder and/or other serious crimes, with evidence of state collusion in each….  Read more

Anis H. Bajrektarevic

(Geopolitics of Energy Editorial Member, Professor and Chairperson for Intl. Law & Global Pol. Studies, Vienna, Austria)

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The EU of social welfare or of generational warfare, the continent of debt-bound economies or of knowledge-based community? Is the predatory generation in power? Europe’s redemption lies in the re-affirmation of the Lisbon Strategy of 2000, a ten-year development plan that focused on innovation, mobility and education, social, economic and environmental renewal. Otherwise a generational warfare will join class and ethnic conflicts as a major dividing line of the EU society in decline......... Read more

Executive Summary of the 19th Annual Conference of the International Intelligence History Association (IIHA) and the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), June 21-23, 2013, Athens, Greece.

The Executive Summary is prepared by Antonia Dimou, (Senior RIEAS Advisor)

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The International Intelligence History Association (IIHA) in collaboration with the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) organized the 19th annual conference in Athens on June 21-23, 2013. The conference entitled “Intelligence in the Mediterranean and the Balkans” convened actors from across the region including academics, historians, members of the private sector, political scientists, researchers, active and former intelligence officials and members of the security and armed forces to explore the history of intelligence and the current security challenges facing the Mediterranean and the Balkan regions..... Read more

Nicolas Laos
(Instructor, Department of International Relations, University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus)

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What is reality? What is ‘real’ and what is ‘ideal’? How is consciousness related to the world? Is history created by the intentionality of the historical actors or are the historical actors determined by historical processes beyond their control? The previous ontological questions are of crucial significance for the creation of a theory of international relations and for the management of world affairs…  Read more

Daniel Little
(RIEAS Senior Advisor)

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The old biblical adage of not putting ‘old wine into new bottles’ has been used countless times in a variety of disciplines.  In this example, NATO could be construed as being that ‘old wine’ yet this generalization does not have to be so.  When confronted with paradigm shifts, NATO did adopt itself to the surrounding circumstances it faced.  The starkest examples were its performance in Kosovo as the backbone of KFOR, the Declaration of Article V during 9-11 and later its deployment as ISAF in Afghanistan......  Read more 

Nikolas Stylianou
(RIEAS Research Associate and Security Analyst, PhD Candidate in Security and Intelligence Studies at Newcastle University, UK)

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Few days have passed since the terrorist attack in Boston, carried out by Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, and his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26. This provides sufficient time to record some introductory observations and to extract some preliminary lessons learned. It is absolutely quintessential that, in the aftermath of a crisis, the security and intelligence apparatus of a state commences the procedure with an aim to assess what has been learned, what went wrong and what needs to be avoided in the future.

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