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cloudsky99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 19 March 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 emerged from a seven-year period of military rule in July 1974 only to step straight into a prolonged political cycle of division, debilitating partisan politics, and unprecedented corruption.
The period after 1974 became the “fourth round” of the conflict between the communist Left and the “accursed” Right. In this fourth round, the Left finally succeeded in conquering politics. The so-called “conservatives,” lacking ideological conviction and frightened out of their wits lest they appeared “non-progressive” after seven years of military dictatorship, tried to prevail by emulating the Left’s grass roots agitation only to fail dismally. .. Read more

cyprus25Shaul Shay
(He has served in various senior capacities in Israel’s intelligence community. He is a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and since November 2007, he is deputy head of the National Security Council of Israel. An expert on international and Fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, he has published studies and articles in Israel and abroad and written ten books on the subject)

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

Turkish warships, claiming to be participating in military drills in waters off the east of Cyprus, stopped the Saipem 12000 drillship on February 9, 2018, triggering a diplomatic standoff which has underscored tensions in the region over competing claims for offshore resources...Read more

med25Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 25 February 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).

In recent weeks, Turkey has gone overboard with naked threats of war in the Aegean. Frustrated because of slow progress in its highjack incursion into Syria and impending research drilling for hydrocarbons by the Republic of Cyprus, aspiring Islamic president-for-life Erdogan is lashing out with fervor unusual even by Turkish thuggish standards. His maniacal rants are seconded by members of his government rushing to warn the world of how Turkish “power” can destroy all enemies and teach lessons to those doubting the potential of an “Ottoman slap.”..Read more

uncharted18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 19 February 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).

For four decades after the fall of the junta that ruled the Greece for seven years beginning in 1967, Greek politics was dominated by the conservative New Democracy party (ND) and the PASOK socialists. But when Greece went bankrupt in 2010, and prostrated herself on the bare floor in front of her creditors, the post junta bipolar party system, discredited to the core, disintegrated with frightening speed...Read more

natout18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 February 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).

With every passing day, it becomes more obvious that Turkey is hellbent on causing a major conflagration in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Now almost daily, the world is treated to yet another megalomaniac outburst by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Islamist autocrat who’s pushing his country down the slippery path of theocratic dictatorship...Read more

greekrally18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Ever since the dissolution of Yugoslavia, Greece has been entangled in the so-called “name issue” a.k.a the “Macedonian issue” a.k.a. the “Skopjan issue.” This “issue” revolves around the constitutional name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; in a unilateral move, the “Skopjans” declared their independent state “Republic of Macedonia” as soon as Tito’s construct disintegrated in 1991. Greece took offense over this purely Greek name being “highjacked” by the former next-door communists – and, following that, the Balkans were never the same...Read more

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