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trumpsyria18Lee Paine
(A Greek American who works in the region and has dealt with security intelligence and military and political leaders and operators in the ME from all sides for the last fifteen years and in Africa and Balkans for twenty five years)

Copyright: Lee Paine – Publication on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr ) on 24 December 2018.

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

Some folks in the military establishment, all of the neocons, a handful of conservatives and even most of the (hypocritical) Dem Libs are up in arms over POTUS Trump’s decision to withdraw 2000 troops from Syria and another 7000 from Afghanistan. .. Read more

yelvest18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 15 December 2018

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).

1. The Yellow Vests insurrection over a fuel tax in France have opened Pandora’s box for Emmanuel Macron. The French president’s fortunes have collapsed with jaw-dropping speed. How did we reach this point? Was Macron caught sleeping at the wheel?

Yes, he was. Macron made the classic mistake of an arrogant man overwhelmed by a pseudo-sense of his own invincibility. From the heights of his suspiring election victory—when he was hailed as the White Knight galloping onto the scene to save Europe—he has suddenly found himself and his administration in a frothing sea of deadly trouble. He simply did not catch the gravitational turbulence of the people’s bullet flying in his direction...Read more

southeastern19Dr. Darko Trifunovic
(Research Fellow and Lecturer, University of Belgrade, Serbia)

Copyright: https://erpic.org/portfolio-post/political-eastern-europe/
Reposted at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 8 December 2018.

How Significant is Turkey’s influence in South-Eastern Europe?

We used to deal with Turkey and Turkish officials that they are type of Ataturk, basically, they are holders of Ataturk’s legacy. But with the “new generation”, with Tayyip Erdoğan, with Gülen and others, Grey Wolves as well as Muslim Brotherhood rise up in Turkey and as well in northern part of your island. The Muslim Brotherhood, of course, is a basic organization for all jihad. We are now facing a big misunderstanding, mainly coming from lack of knowledge from the West and the Western countries, because they do not call all these organizations Muslim Brotherhood but regionally they call them Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, etc. But it’s very well-known among us experts that basically Bin Laden, Zawahiri, Al Baghdadi, Tayyip Erdoğan and others, they are all members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Read more

intelstudies9Lélia Rousselet

(Researcher in international relations. Her work included research on security and defense issues, French and American foreign policy, and Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean affairs. She is Vice-President of the Open Diplomacy Institute (Paris,France).



Copyright: http://www.macropolis.gr/?i=portal.en.the-agora.7623 

Reposted at RIEAS web site on 30 November 2018

On November 19, the EU’s foreign and defense ministers approved the project of a joint intelligence training school (Joint EU Intelligence School – JEIS), led by Greece with the participation of Cyprus. Read more

domesticsec17Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 17 November 2018

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

Ever since the return to parliamentary rule in 1974, Greece has been struggling against an ineradicable “low intensity” crisis of domestic terrorism and anarchist violence. The crisis ebbs and flows as governments come and go delivering empty rhetoric on how “violence won’t be tolerated irrespective of its source.” But, in reality, anarcho-terrorist violence is not only tolerated but, according to the politics of the day, is given room to wiggle, maneuver, and grow. ... Read more

saudimap16Quantin 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: 11 November 2018

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

For two years, the Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Salman (MBS), has enjoyed a media campaign glorifying him, but the recent collapse of the narrative from Riyadh might lead the country to dangerously turn inward. The damages provoked by some of the Prince’s advisors are yet to fully reveal their true nature but already the ultra-nationalistic stands are indicating the dangerous path the kingdom could embrace if the international community, going forward, does not operate with great care. Read more

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