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octerror99Daniel 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: 15 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).

Although titles are supposed to draw the reader in to explore an article’s content, it is also important to define an issue to an exact, granular level in order to fully appreciate its significance. To date, notions of security, terrorism and resilience lacks explanation in one particular area, namely the existence of ‘hybrid’ actors and the heuristics that explains their behavior. Hybrid actors in security are those who occupy positions in both terror organizations and organized crime. Heuristics on the other hand is something learned over time – largely through trial and error (Merriam-Webster, 2018). For hybrid actors, heuristic behavior not only impacts the power they exercise but also influences the way they bolster their own sense of survival...Read more

nsthreatsTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 9 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).

Greece’s future as an independent state of sorts came to an end in 2010 when she was hastily put in EU “bailout” irons to save French and German banks. The worst though was still to come.

In 2015 half the (primarily Moslem) population of the Asian and African Third World decided to move to Europe without invitation—and Greece became the gate to the World of Dreams for all and sundry pushing their way from the Anatolian coast across the narrows to land on Greek islands...Read more

turkiey18Nickolaos Mavromates
(RIEAS Research Associate and Historian based in USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 June 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).

The aftermath of the Turkish combined parliamentarian and presidential elections showed that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is too strong to be defeated by the opposing amalgamation of Turkey's political parties. Kemalists under the banner of CHP and neo-nationalist kemalists under the female leadership of Meral Akşener's İYİ Party lack alike the political stimulus to defeat the champion of political Islam in Turkey. One that is represented by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his full pledged marriage with Turkey's extreme nationalistic MHP party. The reasons are many but above all the majority of Turkey’s populace embrace in one way of another AKP's and MHP's nationalistic agendas along with the reemergence of their Islamic identity that was suppressed by the previous Secular Kemalist administrations. Forces that were unleashed and got legitimized under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. ..Read more

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Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Syria, Iran, Gaza, Donald Trump, trade war, illegal immigration and so much else. Is the world spinning the wrong way?

We tend to forget history is a series of unstable turbulent cycles. Eras come and go and soon much is forgotten. The Second World War, the most devastating conflict in history, ended a “mere” 73 years ago and we have already relegated much of what happened to the history books and try to forget the lessons of that catastrophe. Read more

tur24Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 21 April 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).

“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

Contrary to his own repeated statements insisting Turkey won’t be going to early elections, would-be president-for-life Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a snap early ballot “necessary” because of the “uncertainties” Turkey faces today...Read more

water99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Turkey’s steady converting into a dictatorial war mongering Middle East bully is causing dangerous instability in one of the most volatile regions of the world. Now sinking in religious zealotry and nationalistic maximalism, having ditched the Kemalist secular tradition, Turkey, under Erdogan, has pulled all stops in its attempt to browbeat, blackmail, and force its neighbors to kowtow before its outrageous geostrategic desires...Read more

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