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terror17Shaul Shay
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)

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

As the tension between Iran and the U.S and its allies in Middle East are on the rise, Iran has launched a campaign of violent covert operations, after years of relative restraint. The US deployed the Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the region on May 4, 2019; in response to what it said was an “escalated threat” from Iran. US national security advisor John Bolton has said Washington's military buildup was "a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime. Read more

start9Τάσσος Συμεωνίδης
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 2 June 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).

Alexis Tsipras, the now defeated Greek prime minister and leader of the radical left SYRIZA party, built his career around political opportunism and crowd pleasing. When he burst onto the political scene in 2015, promising “to tear up the memoranda,” i.e. to overturn the draconian German-imposed austerity agreements that staved off Greece’s sovereign debt collapse in 2010, he almost certainly knew his promises was a gross exaggeration that could not be fulfilled. But he hesitated little...Read more

grusaphoto9Eastern Med Conundrum

Q&A
Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Turkish belligerence in the East Med is going through yet another spasm of loud sabre rattling and threats of military action. Are we on the throes of an aggressive war in the Aegean aiming at grabbing Greek territory and forcing a “solution” of what Ankara perceives as a “violation of Turkish inalienable rights?” How should Greece react?

History tells us that when a habitual aggressor, like Turkey, goes into yet another round of ranting and raving about “inalienable rights” it is either confident it can win or almost certain it is losing. Hitler in the 1930s correctly estimated the cowardice of Britain and France that allowed him to achieve spectacular territorial advantages without firing a single shot. In contrast, president-for-life Erdogan of the 2000s finds himself surrounded by intractable crises, most of his own making, and with minimal space for effective maneuver....Read more

cypgrisr7Shaul Shay
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 29 April 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).

Recent developments off Cyprus are causing regional tension and the East Mediterranean countries are flexing their muscles and adopting "gunboat diplomacy" of naval drills as a strategic asset in their conflicts. "Gunboat diplomacy "can be defined in a general way as any aggressive diplomatic activity carried out with the implicit or explicit use of military (usually naval) power. However, the term is most often associated with the activities of the Great Powers in the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. Read more

genhaftarZhyldyz Oskonbaeva,
(Senior Advisor and Eurasian Liaison)

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

Since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has fallen victim to a continuous civil war for control of the country’s natural wealth. The analogy to the game of ‘musical chairs’ is defined by international powers vying for influence with the one person with the clearest path to gain control – General Khalifa Haftar. As ally of the elected House of Representatives in Tobruk, the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Haftar has launched a war against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Read more

newzealand89Q&A

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 31 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).

The horrific New Zealand mosque attack was yet another terrible escalation of international terrorism. What are we to expect in the wake of Christchurch?

The overwhelming revulsion at the death of so many innocent victims inevitably overshadowed a significant fact associated with this latest outrage: in view of the steady escalation of Islamist terrorist violence in recent years, it is not so much a surprise that Christchurch did happen but, rather, why such a barbarity took so long to occur in a global system where tit-for-tat and unbridled religious-induced violence have become the daily norms. Only those who ignore reality were unprepared for an attack like Christchurch. We can only speculate about the reasons behind this terrorist “time lapse” but the worrisome fact now is what to expect next. Islamist terrorism knows no bounds in its barbarity, brutality and appalling rejection of the sanctity of human life. It is only “rational” that as we speak Islamic “avengers” are planning an equally, or even worse, counterstroke against the infidels in the Christian world. Read more

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