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Karen Whartonautomobile

(Postgraduate Student, MA IREL Global Program, Webster University, Missouri, USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 17 September 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).

A mainstay of United States (U.S.) economy an automobile has now become a weapon of terror, leaving us defenseless as we garble for an offense. For all the worrying that terrorist attacks will become more sophisticated, it took everyone by surprise when such a rudimentary object was used as a weapon of terror.
Millions of defense money has been spent on technology to protect mainly against cyberattacks, but the use of a common object (a car) was overlooked. The shift to such an unusual kind of attacks has become more prevalent in the last few years. Seven countries throughout Europe and two states in the U.S have been affected by this horrific wave of terror related vehicular attacks....Read more

germany99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 September 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 fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU... Apart from this, I'll speak to my colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks.”
Angela Merkel

And so it came to pass. Mrs. Merkel, once a fervent supporter of bringing Turkey into the EU, abruptly announced it is high time the European bloc drops Turkey from its list of potential candidates....Read more

private82Dr. Ruth Delaforce

(Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, working on the Fragile States and Transnational Actors projects. She completed her PhD on private military and security companies at Griffith University, Australia).

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

The ongoing revelations by private contractor, Edward Snowden, have focused attention on the extensive scope of global intelligence gathering by the United States (US).1 In particular, highlighting the vulnerabilities of digital data, raising concerns by civil libertarians in Europe and North America on citizen privacy, and causing diplomatic rifts between states, examples being the US and Germany, and Australia and Indonesia.2 However, limited attention has been paid to the challenges of privatising intelligence, especially where this occurs on behalf of the state.3 While current media reports indicate the US is the most active state involved in privatised intelligence, followed by Great Britain, it is also likely that other states are engaged in similar operations under the guise of private companies, through contractual arrangements, or by covert infiltration.4 ..Read more

moroccomap87"We need a combination of both tough and soft responses to deal with the security threats posed by the radicals"

Moha Ennaji
(President of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Studies in Morocco. He is professor of gender and cultural studies at Fès University. His most recent book is titled Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe (Palgrave-Macmillan 2014).

Copyright: http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/opinion/youth-islamist-radicalization-the-push-factors-and-strategies-to-combat-it_48529 Publication date in RIEAS web site: 27 August 2017

Despite growing consensus on the drivers of violent extremism, there is still little understanding of how and why those drivers push and pull certain individuals down the path of radicalization. What is attracting them? What are the best strategies to combat extremism and terrorism, taking into account the case of those returning from Syria and Iraq?..Read more

spanishattack9Ely Karmon
(Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC( in Herzlyia, Israel).

Copyright: International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Herzlyia, Israel.
RIEAS Publication date: 20 August 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).

From the information published by the media, most of it from official sources - police and local politicians - a profile of the terrorist cell responsible for the Barcelona and Cambrils vehicle attacks emerges.

The sequence of events

Alcanar

The series of events began on the night of August 16, at 23:17, when a huge explosion destroyed a house in the city of Alcanar, some 200km. south-west of Barcelona, killed at first one person and left seven wounded. Initially the blast was blamed on a gas explosion, as some 20 canisters of propane and butane were found in the ruins. The body of a woman was discovered among rubble along with a man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition. The house had been occupied for just a few months before the blast...Read more

postcoldwarTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 6 August 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).

Tag of war between the White House and Congress is part of the routine of American politics. But it is not without risk. Democrats, still reeling from their humiliating defeat in the November 2016 election, are desperate to undermine and wound President Trump in any way they can irrespective of costs to the United States. Republicans, meantime, are of two minds about the Trump presidency. The party elite, still smarting from Trump’s easily eliminating all “proper” candidates to win the nomination, is stand-offish, if not negative, towards the president...Read more

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