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grusaphoto9Eastern Med Conundrum

Q&A
Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 5 May 2019

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 belligerence in the East Med is going through yet another spasm of loud sabre rattling and threats of military action. Are we on the throes of an aggressive war in the Aegean aiming at grabbing Greek territory and forcing a “solution” of what Ankara perceives as a “violation of Turkish inalienable rights?” How should Greece react?

History tells us that when a habitual aggressor, like Turkey, goes into yet another round of ranting and raving about “inalienable rights” it is either confident it can win or almost certain it is losing. Hitler in the 1930s correctly estimated the cowardice of Britain and France that allowed him to achieve spectacular territorial advantages without firing a single shot. In contrast, president-for-life Erdogan of the 2000s finds himself surrounded by intractable crises, most of his own making, and with minimal space for effective maneuver....Read more

cypgrisr7Shaul Shay
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 29 April 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Recent developments off Cyprus are causing regional tension and the East Mediterranean countries are flexing their muscles and adopting "gunboat diplomacy" of naval drills as a strategic asset in their conflicts. "Gunboat diplomacy "can be defined in a general way as any aggressive diplomatic activity carried out with the implicit or explicit use of military (usually naval) power. However, the term is most often associated with the activities of the Great Powers in the second half of the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century. Read more

genhaftarZhyldyz Oskonbaeva,
(Senior Advisor and Eurasian Liaison)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 18 April 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has fallen victim to a continuous civil war for control of the country’s natural wealth. The analogy to the game of ‘musical chairs’ is defined by international powers vying for influence with the one person with the clearest path to gain control – General Khalifa Haftar. As ally of the elected House of Representatives in Tobruk, the Libyan National Army (LNA) led by Haftar has launched a war against the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli. Read more

newzealand89Q&A

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 31 March 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

The horrific New Zealand mosque attack was yet another terrible escalation of international terrorism. What are we to expect in the wake of Christchurch?

The overwhelming revulsion at the death of so many innocent victims inevitably overshadowed a significant fact associated with this latest outrage: in view of the steady escalation of Islamist terrorist violence in recent years, it is not so much a surprise that Christchurch did happen but, rather, why such a barbarity took so long to occur in a global system where tit-for-tat and unbridled religious-induced violence have become the daily norms. Only those who ignore reality were unprepared for an attack like Christchurch. We can only speculate about the reasons behind this terrorist “time lapse” but the worrisome fact now is what to expect next. Islamist terrorism knows no bounds in its barbarity, brutality and appalling rejection of the sanctity of human life. It is only “rational” that as we speak Islamic “avengers” are planning an equally, or even worse, counterstroke against the infidels in the Christian world. Read more

syria2012Dr (Col.Res) Shaul
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 13 March 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Nearly eight years into the war in Syria, Assad's government forces supported by Russia , Iran and Hezbollah have regained control of the majority of Syria. As the war in Syria appears to wind down, there are many diplomatic efforts made by the Assad regime and Arab countries to normalize relations. Read more

grusa1A “new beginning?”

Q&A

Tassos Symeonides

(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 March 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Last December we witnessed the inaugural US-Greece strategic dialogue meeting in Washington between Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and then Greek Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs George Katrougalos. Is this truly a new beginning?

Greek-American relations are full of “new beginnings.” Diplomatic language, irrespective of the point in time, tends to stress the positive for obvious reasons. What lies behind such statements, however, is an altogether different matter. Perceptions from Athens and Washington vary: Greece, for instance, as the vastly weaker partner, seeks an American “umbrella” against the perennial Turkish threat; the US, on the other hand, focuses on a complex global and regional security scheme in which Greece is one of many pivots, an important one perhaps but, still, one of many...Read more

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