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Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos
(RIEAS Senior Analyst and Lecturer in Piraeus University)

Dr. Ioannis Konstantopoulos
(RIEAS Research Associate and Lecturer in Piraeus University)

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Over the last decade, the intelligence community is facing without a doubt, many challenges. The international environment has transformed and is more complex compared to the one that shaped the intelligence services during the Cold War era. The need to provide timely and sound intelligence has increased and the request for intelligence reform seems imperative. Governments have decided to outsource part of their intelligence needs, but this choice raises some critical questions: Are governments turning national security into business? Ιs the private sector in a position to penetrate the intelligence community and thereby spin intelligence and downgrade the role of intelligence agencies?   

Dr. Andrew Liaropoulos
(RIEAS Senior Analyst and Lecturer at the University of Piraeus, Greece)

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Over the last two decades there is a growing body of literature over exploiting cyberspace for offensive and defensive purposes. Cyber-conflict is after all the newest mode of warfare and cyber-weapons have been described as weapons of mass disruption. The Information Revolution has transformed not only the way society functions, but also the way war is conducted and a new type of conflict that takes place in cyberspace has emerged. Cyber-conflict is one of the greatest threats to international security and has become a part of modern warfare. Cyber-attacks are rapid; they cross borders and can serve both strategic and tactical goals. Militaries and terrorist groups now have the capability to launch cyber-attacks not only against military networks, but also against critical infrastructures that depend on computer networks. 
 

Dr. Joseph Fitsanakis
(Teaches politics and history at King College, USA. He is Senior Editor of intelNews.org)

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Last February, Spain’s intelligence services began investigating alleged suspicious efforts by foreign financial speculators to destabilize the Spanish economy. According to newspaper El País, the Spanish government asked the country’s Centro Nacional de Inteligencia to probe links between speculative moves in world financial markets and a series of damaging editorials “in the Anglo-Saxon media”(01).

John M. Nomikos, Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies, laments the lack of cooperation among intelligence services in the Balkans, notes a lack of cooperation in that area and an unwillingness to share information, which only benefits international terrorists. (page 9), Read more
Examinations of the European Union response to the threat of jihadist terrorism in Europe tend to encompass these policies with the vague label of “EU Counter-Terrorism.” This paper contends that such approach ignores the fact that the impact and influence of the European Union as a counter-terror actor diverges profoundly across the different dimensions of the response. Read more.

Jean Labrique
(Secretary General to Western Defense Studies Institute, Rome
and President to European Osint Nexus - EON, Paris – Bruxelles)

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Spain, Hungary and Belgium have agreed to cooperate during the period they will each head the EU.

The challenges are many and amongst them there is one that we should monitor with interest: inter-government cooperation in the sharing of information and intelligence. I use both words deliberately. In the modern computerized world, information - masses of information, is readily available to everyone, private citizen and governments alike…however, intelligence is that information which has been collected, processed and analyzed…usually by governments. It is this process of collection, analysis and dissemination that makes information useable, i.e. intelligence…and also probably sensitive and classified.

The National Security Strategy (NSS) responds to the international and domestic events that directly or indirectly affect the national interests of our country.  The NSS must remain flexible so that the United States can successfully confront the various and ever changing challenges it faces on a daily basis.  In turn, our National Military Strategy (NMS) adapts to the national security objectives of the NSS. Read more on PDF

Dr. Yannis A. Stivachtis
(Associate Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University
and RIEAS Member of International Advisory Board)

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Since the proclamation of the Truman Doctrine and the end of the Civil War that torn the country apart, Greece has become very sensitive to changes in the White House and subsequent changes in US foreign policy. It is worth noting that the American foreign policy is primarily responsible for the anti-American attitudes that various segments of the Greek society have displayed overtime. Therefore, it is always interesting to find out what the Greek perceptions and beliefs of the new US President are.

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