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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

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

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 28 January 2017.

One of the most important issues of contention during the election campaign for the Presidency of the United States has been President Trump’s positions regarding the future of NATO and as an extension the future of the relations between the United States and the European Union. This contention has been exacerbated due to President Trump’s approach to US- Russian relations....Read more

donaldphoto“The American carnage stops now”

President Donald J. Trump

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

On April 3, 2016, in the commentary titled “Hurricane Donald” that appeared on this page, we noted:

Whether he wins the presidential election 2016 or not, Mr. Trump has accomplished something that could not have been probably accomplished any other way: he has shaken both American political parties in ways never seen before, and he has bluntly articulated the inner thoughts of tens of millions of Americans, ignored by “mainstream” politicians, without a shred of the now all-conquering, mandatory dialect of political correctness...Read more

terrorforms17Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 14 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).

In October 2016, the Greek National Police circulated a “pocket guide,” addressed to “front line professionals,” on how to address radicalization and extremism. The 17-page booklet is similar to publications already in circulation in other European countries. Its ostensible purpose is to offer guidance to the so-called “front line professionals,” a portmanteau category that describes every conceivable person who, by the nature of his job, may be in a position to observe behavioral signs of radicalization and violent tendencies displayed by suspect subjects....Read more

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