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uaephotoMatthew Crosston (PhD)
(Senior Advisor in the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Vice Chairman at Modern-Diplomacy and Editor-in-Chief of the Global South policy initiative, the Journal of Rising Powers).

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

It is not always so easy to give a quick, concise, and analytically explicit overview of the intelligence community and culture in the United Arab Emirates. Emirati intelligence has to be seen in two disparate tiers: actual domestically-founded and home-grown intelligence efforts, which usually revolve within the small policing and military forces of the UAE; and more elaborate, highly-secretive, outsourced activities that usually see the Emirates in either a facilitating conduit or go-between role with a clear advantage to Emirati interests being eventually made apparent...Read more

nato216Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 20 March 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).

Turkey is again overshooting the runway by throwing threats, abuse, and denunciations in all directions. Dealing with Erdogan has become an exercise in attempting to figure out the next outrage emerging from a person obsessed with power and prepared to follow the most extreme path in order to secure it. Is there a “rational” way of dealing with such a clear and present danger to peace and stability?.....Read more

whitehouse17Yannis A. Stivachtis
(RIEAS Senior Advisor and Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Program at Virginia Tech, USA)

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

It has been since the announcement of the results of the U.S. Presidential elections on 8 November 2016 that the world has been waiting with a certain degree of nervousness and apprehension to find out how the newly elected leader of the Free World will contact his country’s foreign affairs. Despite that more than six weeks have passed since Donald Trump’s inauguration, one may argue that still today there is more uncertainty surrounding the foreign policy of the world’s greatest power than at any time in the post-World War II era, if not longer. So, the question is: what would President Trump’s foreign policy be?...Read more

empire17Tomislav Jakić
(Author, born 1943 in Zagreb, is a Croatian journalist – TV and press - specialized in covering foreign policy. He served as foreign policy advisor to the second President of the Republic of Croatia, Mr. Stjepan Mesic)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 26 February 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).

When a month ago Donald John Trump took over as President of the USA, there were – not many though – reasonable, cold analysts who, basing on his pre-election statements, predicted that a man who is going to wage war against the establishment (the empire) is entering a conflict with a very uncertain result. Some of them even did not hesitate to say that Trump is bound to lose this battle. Judging by what is happening now, those who spoke about a war with uncertain result were completely right and those who predicted Trump’s defeat might be right. We will see in a not very distant future....Read more

grtuk17Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

There is nothing new in this latest episode of “Greek-Turkish friendship.” Turkey is on a collision course with European “values” and run by an increasingly random, unpredictable, authoritarian, neo-Islamist leader. Such is the confusion generated by the Turkish autocrat that even Mrs. Merkel was brusquely rebuked by Recep Erdogan over her use of the term “Islamist terrorism” and dared say nothing in response...Read more

nato21xTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 30 January 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).

President Trump called NATO “obsolete.” Is it?

The answer is a qualified “no.” NATO’s long history as the cornerstone of post-war stability in Europe, while the Soviet Union existed, invests it with a special aura. But after the fall of “existing socialism in one country,” this aura has become frayed. NATO needs radical redefinition, which has not occurred despite endless talk about how coalition strategy should be articulated anew in the post-Soviet era....Read more

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