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newyear2016Tassos Symeonides (PhD)
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright 2016 @ Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 January 2016

In 2010, Greece went officially bankrupt. The EU/IMF bailout pantomime that followed, exclusively aiming to save the creditors and sink the country, is now established as the "normal" state of Greek affairs.
Greece is caught in a nasty spiral of dictatorial creditor demands, growing loss of sovereignty, expanding social crisis, and an economy that sees no way other than down....Read more

radicalism72Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 December 2015

The Paris massacre and the invasion of Muslim illegal immigration into Europe have driven the European Union to the edge of a disintegration crisis. Responses to this unprecedented confluence of events have been lukewarm, uncoordinated, and by all accounts, ineffective. The invasion is now only tempered by changing weather. As of this moment, there is no "common" policy for tackling the crisis simply because there is no consensus among EU members... Read more

paris15Tassos Symeonides (PhD)
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can
Gaius Julius Caesar

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 13 December 2015

The Paris outrage has stunned the West. Disbelief is mixed with anger. Anger is justified. Disbelief is not.
Ever since 9/11, the West has waged a two-pronged war: one against Islamic terrorism, the other against itself.
Fighting the Islamist fanatics bent on death and destruction is far easier, it turns out, than competing with those inside the gates, who find any form of aggressive defense "a breach of human rights."..Read more

gtazlogoAn Overview

Copyright: https://www.verfassungsschutz.de/en - Publication at RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 6 December 2015

The GTAZ (Joint Counter-Terrorism Centre) set up in Berlin in late 2004 is not an autonomous authority but a joint co-operation and communication platform used by 40 internal security agencies. Its founding did not require a new legal basis, because no agency was given additional competences or had to share sovereignty. Instead, each of the agencies involved takes its measures on its own authority and within the framework of the prevailing laws. Due to its organisational structure, the GTAZ has no director, but representatives of the following agencies co-operate on an equal footing: Read more

sharingintel15by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
(Research fellow at Middle East Forum's Jihad Intel project)

Copyright: Middle East Forum (www.meforum.org) Republication date on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 28 November 2015

The recent attacks in Paris carried out by the Islamic State have led to widespread speculation about a possible shift in strategy on the part of ISIS. Taken in conjunction with the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai and the bombings in the predominantly Shia Dahiyeh suburbs of Beirut, it is argued that ISIS is lashing out at the "far enemy" as it comes under pressure on the home fronts in Iraq and Syria, such as its recent loss of control of Sinjar, a town that formed part of a key route connecting the de facto ISIS capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq. Read more

jmbieuintelJohn M. Nomikos
(RIEAS Director, Editor, Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence)

Copyright: Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI)- http://www.rieas.gr/intelligence-journal - Publication date: 22/11/2015.

European intelligence cooperation is the most important weapon in the fight against the new threats in the 28 EU member states. The article emphasizes the reasons that make the European Union Intelligence Analysis Centre (INTCEN) move towards an independent operational agency into the EU mechanism. Even though, effective intelligence cooperation is hard to achieve even at the national level as different services compete for resources and attention from the decisions makers, past terrorist incidents in Europe served as a wake up for the European Commission to promote intelligence-sharing and cooperation among EU institutions and Member States. Read more (Article) & (References on EU Intelligence)

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