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medsec91Mediterranean Security in the Age of Crisis

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Ακαδημαικός Σύμβουλος)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 12 November 2017

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).

The Mediterranean Sea, cradle of civilizations, is frothing with instability, violence, illegal immigration, and rapidly advancing criminalization. Its southern littoral has been transformed into an open wound as brittle lawless “states” disintegrate, or are near collapse, and corrupt politics, religious fanaticism, and aggressive tribalism offer plenty of opportunities for criminal enterprises and, more recently, Islamic terrorism. Looking at the map there isn’t one single state that may be termed “stable” or “secure” or both on the southern rim of the Mediterranean basin...Read more

deadendsTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Ακαδημαικός Σύμβουλος)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 5 November 2017

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).

Nothing is more permanent than the temporary
Greek proverb

Greece is in its seventh year of an economic collapse of unprecedented severity in postwar European history. Victim of her own political corruption as well as “united” Europe’s permanent identity crisis, mixed with unresolvable differences between North and South, Greece has ended up in the role of the perpetual lab animal in addition to the unenviable status of a country with her sovereignty smashed by creditor invasive demands for “supervision.” ...Read more

greekusa16Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 20 October 2017

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).

It is now an almost universal admission by observers, high and low, that Turkey’s relations with the West are moving south fast. After decades of feeding the myth of Turkey being the “bulwark” of Western interests in the Moslem world, the Western allies discover that Ankara is far less attuned to Western ways but fully committed to authoritarian Moslem religious politics under the sultanic Recep Tayyip Erdogan...Read more

driving17Quentin de Pimodan
(Co-author of The Khaleeji Voice, six-part book series about each of the GCC nations and their respective urban art cultures)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 14 October 2017

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

An old quest

Among the many rebukes carried against the Kingdom, the prohibition of driving for Saudi women has long held pole position. Mediatically appealing and socially unbearable, this blatant humiliating treatment targeting women has always been considered the foremost personification of the rampant misogyny spreading and poisoning the country, preventing it from fully embracing the modern time evolution. ..Read more

krg18The World Says Nyet!

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 1 October 2017

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).

“I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against the uncivilized tribes… it would spread a lively terror.”
Winston Churchill upon a Kurdish uprising in Iraq of the 1920s

On September 25, during a referendum, ninety three percent of the population of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan voted for independence.
In a confused world wracked by fears of nuclear war, and accelerating crippling economic and political crises, the Kurdish referendum (and the Kurds) became immediately a welcome punching bag for high and low....Read more

elec81Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 25 September 2017

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

Merkelism held fast in Germany’s general elections. It emerged though bruised with only an estimated 32% of the vote and is now in need to strike awkward alliances to form a government. The Social Democrats, led by a former bookseller and recovered alcoholic, who attempted suicide in 1980, collapsed to 21% in its worst defeat since the end of World War Two. But the focus of feverish attention was the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) that was catapulted to third place and prepares to enter the Bundestag with close to 90 deputies. Read more

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