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balkanregion9Dr. John M. Nomikos
(Director of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) and the European Intelligence Academy (EIA), both in Athens, Greece)

Dr. A. Th. Symeonides
(Academic advisor to the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Athens, Greece)

Copyright: Taylor and Francis Group, Journal of International Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IJIC) - John M. Nomikos & A. Th. Symeonides (2018) Intelligence and Balkan Instability: Repeating the Past or Moving in a New Direction?, International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, 31:1, 85-101, DOI: 10.1080/08850607.2017.1374150

Note: RIEAS wishes to thank Mr. Richard R. Valcourt, IJIC Editor, for his kindness to allow RIEAS to post the article.

Over the centuries intelligence has been a key instrument of statecraft. But intelligence information can be a double-edged sword. If correctly analyzed and applied, it may show leaders how to avoid calamities and arrive at optimal decisions. In some cases, it can avert a fight and provide the ground for compromise. But when misused and manipulated to advance political aims and preconceptions, it can lead to irreparable disaster and long-term suffering. Read more

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Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)Publication date: 16 August 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).

Erdogan’s latest spat with the West, amid a deteriorating domestic economy, threatens the long-term stability of his country. What is Erdogan trying to accomplish by going toe-to-toe with the United States?

Erdogan has badly miscalculated the capacities of his “tough” Islamic posture. He won the election that allows him to impose more authoritarianism on his country, gambling on the loyalty of the Moslem conservative segment of the electorate, and he apparently thinks this victory enables him on the international level as well...Read more

cyb99Sozon A. LEVENTOPOULOS
(Security Analyst, CISSP, CASP, CEHv8, Security+, Network+)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 8 August 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).

It is a universal truth that today we live in the “era of information”. Like “stone”, “bronze”, and “iron” in the ancient years, “information” is what dominates our era. This “revolution” could not have taken place without the use of two technologies, the Internet and the World Wide Web. While easily confused these two technologies are vastly different . The combination of these technologies created the so-called “cyber space”. The “cyber space” is like a new universe, parallel and similar to our own. Unfortunately, it has and its “dark side”, the so-called “the dark web ”. It is where cyber-crime thrives and the main reason behind the creation of “cyber-security a combination of protocols, best practices, tools and devices that are designed to maintain the CIA triad. CIA comes from the words Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (and not the famous Intelligence Agency)...Read more

africa999Daniel Little
(RIEAS Senior Advisor, former military officer responsible for planning and training numerous militaries. As Head of NATO Planning at the Warrior Preparation Center, US Forces – Europe, Daniel’s activities ranged from researching the original KFOR training to certifying Corps Headquarters of 27,000 military members to become first time certified or recertified at NATO. In addition to real-world mission planning, he has served as advisor to the US Joint Chiefs as well as numerous militaries worldwide. As a Program Manager in the Pentagon, Daniel authored education courses in the areas of Modelling and Simulation (M&S) as well as strategic technologies. He was a feature speaker at the NATO Lecture series on Modelling and Simulation).

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

This past week on July 31st, three Russian journalists were found murdered in a remote area near Sibut, Central African Republic. As if the circumstances for their being there were not suspicious enough, the official statements from multiple sources is indicative of a much larger-scale cover-up between the United Nations, the Central African Republic and the home country of the journalists, Russia. What the journalists were in the process of exposing was the planned resumption and escalation of a civil war where billions in potential revenue remain at stake...Read more

tragedyphoto9Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

On July 23, Greece suffered an unprecedented catastrophe when wildfires devastated several seaside communities near Athens. With gale-force winds gusting up to 70 mph, the fires blasted through densely populated areas trapping thousands between impassable narrow streets and the sea. As of this writing, the death toll stands at 86 and dozens of people are missing. Those in the know presume the worst. Preliminary inspections in the devastated areas suggest one in every two affected homes and other buildings is totaled and must be demolished. Temperatures generated by the fires were estimated at 1000 degrees Celsius (1832 degrees Fahrenheit) melting automobile parts and metal fencing, and cracking brick and mortar structures like carton boxes. ..Read more

pacific10Zhyldyz Oskonbaeva

(RIEAS Senior Advisor and Eurasian Liaison, founded and was first Secretary General of the Black-Sea Caspian Sea International Fund in 2009. As a result, the Presidents of Romania and Azerbaijan ratified an agreement to promote the project and to establish its Headquarters in Bucharest, Romania. Starting with eight countries, the Fund has grown to eleven countries (Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. She served as an academic researcher in support of law enforcement at the Centre for Technology, Security and Policy at Virginia Tech National Capital Region. Through her efforts law and customs enforcement cooperation extended across numerous countries and organizations worldwide, especially in areas related to narcotics, nuclear proliferation and money laundering. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology at Bishkek Humanities University. She speaks a total of ten (10) languages).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 22 July 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).

Asia is the largest continent, comprising a third of all dry land and more than half of world’s population. Its role is constantly growing and, I am sure, will grow in the future. - Margaret Thatcher.

This article explains why Russia is eager to avoid any major diplomatic crises in Asia. Instead, their subtle approach triangulates Russian interests by interlocking the Korean peninsula (North and South), Vietnam and the Philippines to further their mid-to-long term strategy. ..Read more

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