RIEAS | Research Institute for 
European and American Studies

Facebook Twitter YouTube

natoreforms16Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 5/6/2016

Speaking at the Wroclaw Global Forum on June 3, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow (who was US ambassador to Russia, 2001-2005) said that the July Warsaw Summit must work on making NATO "a full-spectrum alliance more than ever before." "Full spectrum" could mean a lot of things, from overt intervention to defeat "threats," to political initiatives to rally the allies, to "gray zone" strategies aimed at undermining political forces that oppose NATO's declared objectives. That being said, the Warsaw Summit comes when NATO has decided on the key core task already: oppose Russia's expansionism and its perceived threat to Europe....Read more

warsawnatoThe Polish Quarterly of International Affairs (no. 1/2006) published an issue focuses on the NATO Summit in Warsaw (8-9 July 2016) in Poland. John Nomikos (RIEAS Director) and Anestis Th. Symeonides (RIEAS Academic Advisor) contributed an article on "NATO and the Future, 2016: Five Questions and Answers." In this essay we pose five key questions for the future of NATO and provide what we think are five appropriate answers. Our assessment emerges from historical experience, an evaluation of current policies, and what we believe the Alliance's strategic directions should be. We chose this format for clarity and precision. We submit that the Alliance would be best served by brutal honesty and directness. Our views, of course, are "country centred;" we speak from the Hellenic point of view. Today, as never before since 1945, we need new, bold directions in the Churcillian manner, and radical re-assessment of theories and, often, myths which, unfortunately and frequently, still drive policy-making. Read more

russiaphoto89Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 25 May 2016

President Putin's official visit to Greece, his fourth since 2001, comes part when Russia is again painted in the West as the Big Bear threatening global peace and stability. The lessons of the Cold War forgotten, Western capitals, struggling with their own increasing domestic problems, are sending out clarion calls for "unity" and "preparedness" in the face of a purported neo-Soviet threat. Tension has replaced the tentative cooperative climate that had emerged in recent years. In January 2016, the Russian president stated that NATO is a threat to his country's national security and decried what he termed a US return to "the policy of containment." ..Read more

brexitphotoTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 19/05/2016

Boris Johnson, the former two-term Tory mayor of London, is a man with strong convictions, his admirers insist. Johnson is also fond of not pulling his punches, especially now that he has put himself at the head of the Brexit campaign. Witness his recent comparison between the European dis-Union's endeavors to force more integration upon its members with what Adolf Hitler attempted to do in shaping his Nazi empire through war, conquest, and the extermination of "inferior peoples." ...Read more

ukflagTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 15 May 2016

Sadiq Khan, a Pakistani Moslem of humble origins, has been elected mayor of London succeeding the flamboyant, and often entertainingly irrelevant, conservative firebrand Boris Johnson (who has found his next calling in urging the British to vote for exit from the European dis-Union).

As soon as the verdict emerged, Khan sped, unsurprisingly, to define himself as a "European" and "English," two claims that predictably raised brows, not to say loud laughs, among many conservatives who are not "multiculturalists" and "integrationists." ..Read more

next31Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 8 May 2016

The disgraceful fracas over the European Commission's proposal to grant visa-free travel to75 million Turks inside the Schengen area proves beyond any doubt the real worth of our European «leaders» beginning with no other than Germany's Frau Merkel.

With the European dis-Union on the verge of a ignominious retreat, no rational pundit -- or bookmaker for that matter -- would put the collective value of our present European «leadership group» above a few petty euro cents. The entire European mandarinate, led by the German chancellor, has simply cowered in the face of Turkey's government, the Islamist president Erdogan, threatening to unleash millions of unwanted Moslem illegal immigrants upon Europe unless Europe's «leaders» kowtow to Turkish demands. Subverted by the Four Ms -- Merkel's Moslems & Merkel's Madness -- that emerged in the summer of 2015, Europe is now prostrate before Erdogan's criminal whims and fundamentalist Islamic threats...Read more

Partners

meforum14              riac       epin                            International Relations and Security Network- ISN              

      sda      ifimes      iafie-europe         Geostrategicpulse       ialeia    bringing-europe  gateway-house


 kosmospolis   diaspora     Globalytica     Intelnews      Zagrebforum     ERPIC