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turkiey18Nickolaos Mavromates
(RIEAS Research Associate and Historian based in USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 June 2018

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 aftermath of the Turkish combined parliamentarian and presidential elections showed that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is too strong to be defeated by the opposing amalgamation of Turkey's political parties. Kemalists under the banner of CHP and neo-nationalist kemalists under the female leadership of Meral Akşener's İYİ Party lack alike the political stimulus to defeat the champion of political Islam in Turkey. One that is represented by Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his full pledged marriage with Turkey's extreme nationalistic MHP party. The reasons are many but above all the majority of Turkey’s populace embrace in one way of another AKP's and MHP's nationalistic agendas along with the reemergence of their Islamic identity that was suppressed by the previous Secular Kemalist administrations. Forces that were unleashed and got legitimized under the leadership of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. ..Read more

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Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 12 June 2018

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Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Syria, Iran, Gaza, Donald Trump, trade war, illegal immigration and so much else. Is the world spinning the wrong way?

We tend to forget history is a series of unstable turbulent cycles. Eras come and go and soon much is forgotten. The Second World War, the most devastating conflict in history, ended a “mere” 73 years ago and we have already relegated much of what happened to the history books and try to forget the lessons of that catastrophe. Read more

tur24Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 21 April 2018

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“The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU... Apart from this, I'll speak to my colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks.”
Angela Merkel

Contrary to his own repeated statements insisting Turkey won’t be going to early elections, would-be president-for-life Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a snap early ballot “necessary” because of the “uncertainties” Turkey faces today...Read more

water99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 15 April 2018

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’s steady converting into a dictatorial war mongering Middle East bully is causing dangerous instability in one of the most volatile regions of the world. Now sinking in religious zealotry and nationalistic maximalism, having ditched the Kemalist secular tradition, Turkey, under Erdogan, has pulled all stops in its attempt to browbeat, blackmail, and force its neighbors to kowtow before its outrageous geostrategic desires...Read more

cloudsky99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 19 March 2018

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

Greece emerged from a seven-year period of military rule in July 1974 only to step straight into a prolonged political cycle of division, debilitating partisan politics, and unprecedented corruption.
The period after 1974 became the “fourth round” of the conflict between the communist Left and the “accursed” Right. In this fourth round, the Left finally succeeded in conquering politics. The so-called “conservatives,” lacking ideological conviction and frightened out of their wits lest they appeared “non-progressive” after seven years of military dictatorship, tried to prevail by emulating the Left’s grass roots agitation only to fail dismally. .. Read more

cyprus25Shaul Shay
(He has served in various senior capacities in Israel’s intelligence community. He is a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and since November 2007, he is deputy head of the National Security Council of Israel. An expert on international and Fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, he has published studies and articles in Israel and abroad and written ten books on the subject)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 March 2018

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 warships, claiming to be participating in military drills in waters off the east of Cyprus, stopped the Saipem 12000 drillship on February 9, 2018, triggering a diplomatic standoff which has underscored tensions in the region over competing claims for offshore resources...Read more

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