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(The McFB – Was Ist Das?)

Anis H. Bajrektarevic,
(Professor, Chairman Intl Law & Global Political Studies, University of Applied Sciences IMC-Krems, Austria, and RIEAS Member of International Advisory Board)

* First published by the US Journal of Foreign Relations (January 2012)

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Ever since, years ago, I coined the expression “McFB way of life” and particularly since my intriguing FB articles (Is there life after Facebook I and II) have been published, I was confronted with numerous requests to clarify the meaning. My usual answer was a contra-question: If humans hardly ever question fetishisation or oppose the (self-) trivialization, why then is the subsequent brutalization a surprise to them?

Not pretending to reveal a coherent theory, the following lines are my instructive findings, most of all on the issue why it is time to go home and search for a silence. 

Largely drawing on the works of the grand philosophers of the German Classicism and Dialectic Materialism, it was sociologist Max Weber who was the first – among modern age thinkers – to note that the industrialized world is undergoing a rapid process of rationalization of its state (and other vital societal) institutions. This process – Weber points out – is charac-terized by an increased efficiency, predictability, calculability, and control over any ‘threat’ of uncertainty. Hereby, the uncertainty should be understood in relation to the historically unstable precognitive and cognitive human, individual and group, dynamics. A disheartened, cold and calculative over-rationalization might lead to obscurity of irrationality, Weber warns. His famous metaphor of the iron cage or irrationality of rationality refers to his concern that extremely rationalized (public) institution inevitably alienates itself and turns dehumanized to both those who staff them and those they serve, with a tiny upper caste of controllers steadily losing touch of reality. ....   Read more

BG (ret’d) Ioannis (John) Galatas, MD, MA (Terr), MC (Army)
(RIEAS-CBRN Scientific Coordinator & Editor, CBRNE-Terrorism Newsletter)

BG (ret’d) Ioannis (John) Galatas participated in a workshop on Urban Crisis: Emergency Lessons, Response, Training and Technologies for the Digital Age, and delivered a lecture on “Two Olympiads Eight Years Apart (Athens 2004- London 2012) in the Serious Games Institute, University of Coventry, London Campus, (Nov 17, 2011). ....  Read more

Sandro Bologna
(President, Italian Association of Critical Infrastructures)

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This note summarizes some of the findings of the EU – CIPS co-funded project National and European Information Sharing and Alert System (NEISAS).

Public – private partnerships are becoming a popular mode of tackling large and complex problems. The idea has recently emerged in national as well as international policy discussions. Yet the new partners in these initiatives are strangers to each other in many ways. And we are still learning about how best to manage these partnerships. We know little about the conditions when partnerships succeed and about the strategies for structuring partnerships.

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Το Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS)- Ερευνητικό Ινστιτούτο Ευρωπαικών και Αμερικανικών Μελετών δημοσιεύει  Εγχειρίδιο Επικοινωνίας σε Τρομοκρατικές Κρίσεις της SAFE COOMS για Δημόσιες Αρχές. 

Συνολικά, το εγχειρίδιο (Manual) περιέλαβε συνεντεύξεις με περισσότερους από εκατό ανθρώπους με εμπειρία σε τρομοκρατικά γεγονότα. Οι συμμετέχοντες μίλησαν για τις δύσκολες συνθήκες που αντιμετώπισαν στη διάρκεια συγκεκριμένης τρομοκρατικής επίθεσης. Τα διορατικά και λεπτομερή τους σχόλια αποτέλεσαν για την ερευνητική ομάδα πλούσια πηγή δεδομένων προς ανάλυση.

Dimitri C. Tsitos
(Author – Negotiations Consultant)

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Following the recent events and activities, and the highly significant outcomes, in the Arab –for the most part- world a very interesting question arises in reference with “what is happening in Greek politics and what is going to happen, and how can be the situation by the social media”.

Firstly we will try to give a very concise idea of what social media is:"Social media essentially is a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking online."

Andrew Liaropoulos (PhD)
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)

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Over the past two decades, the term ‘soft power’ is one of the most contested concepts in international relations. It is widely used in the international relations’ literature and lists as one of the most popular clichés for policymakers. Despite the growing body of literature on the topic and the numerous policies that assert some use of soft power elements, there is still no agreement on what exactly soft power is, how it works and how to measure its effectiveness.

Tsirigotis Anthimos Alexander
(Researcher, M.Sc International and European Studies in the University of Piraeus, Greece)

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At the dawn of the 21st century, “cyber” seems to have become the common prefix of every human activity expressing the tendency of people towards networking. Cyber world has emerged in parallel with the real world and its dynamic is so intense that many pundits consider it to be the fifth dimension in addition to land, sea, air and space. States throughout the world have expressed their vested interest in “armoring” their cyber dimension against intruders who intend to harm their vital interests. Networks of any nature (as for instance financial, political and social) have emerged as tools in the hands of anyone willing to take part in them regardless of their country of origin, mother tongue, religious belief or race. They seem to be supranational and many analysts describe networks as virtual societies that exist even though they cannot be defined using real life terms such as land or frontiers. It is interesting to think that many people spend a big part of their day “surfing” the virtual world rather than the real one. They are interlocutors in a worldwide chatting room of a society without borders, without limitations and with free flow of information; citizens of a virtual society with no or limited physical touch. This paper focuses on another aspect of cyber, laying emphasis on its societal dimension and potential to lead to worldwide reordering of power. It is suggested that cyber stems directly from societies and that it involves a different way of international societal organization. Cyber is not considered to be just a technological breakthrough. Instead, it is viewed as the next step to international organization. As chaotic and anarchical as it may be, cyber space is alleged to be the next form of international order. Read more

The Master's Degree (MA) in “Counter Terrorism and Security Studies” is organized by the University Campus of Pomezia, Italy in collaboration with the University LUM Jean Monnet.

The Master Degree aims at being an innovative graduate program that will provide students with an advanced knowledge, allowing them to succeed and advance in their educational and career goals.

The M.A. in Counter-Terrorism and Security Studies will combine 433 hours of academic lectures, 72 hours of laboratory sessions and workshops, 715 hours of individual study and research, and a 280 hours internship (in one of the international Research Centre around the world in connection with us), in a total of 1500 hours. Furthermore, the M.A. will be taught entirely in English language.  Read more: MASTER DEGREE PROGRAM

Dimitrios Anagnostakis
(PhD Candidate in transatlantic relations, Department of Politics and International relations, University of Nottingham, UK)

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Note: Dimitrios Anagnostakis received his MSc in Intelligence and Strategic Studies in Aberystwyth University, UK.

During the last years both academics and practitioners have argued for greater cooperation between the member states of European Union (EU) in the field of intelligence (Heinrich, 2006; Nomikos, 2005, p.201; Segell, 2004, p.82). The transnational nature of most of the current threats to European security (such as international organized crime, terrorism, illegal immigration and drug trafficking) implies that the member states should enhance their cooperation in areas which are placed at the heart of national sovereignty (Coosemans, 2004, p.6). Read more

Ioannis Chapsos
(Commander, Hellenic Navy (PhD Cand), Hellenic Supreme Joint War College Instructor, Global Security specialist)

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The 1994 United Nations Human Development Report  (UNHDR) introduced a new security approach, broadened and deepened beyond the stratum of the state, putting emphasis on the security of human beings per se and the web of their social and economic relations. The concept of this form of security, the human security, goes beyond military threats; Read more

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