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krg18The World Says Nyet!

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 1 October 2017

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

“I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against the uncivilized tribes… it would spread a lively terror.”
Winston Churchill upon a Kurdish uprising in Iraq of the 1920s

On September 25, during a referendum, ninety three percent of the population of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan voted for independence.
In a confused world wracked by fears of nuclear war, and accelerating crippling economic and political crises, the Kurdish referendum (and the Kurds) became immediately a welcome punching bag for high and low....Read more

elec81Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

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

Merkelism held fast in Germany’s general elections. It emerged though bruised with only an estimated 32% of the vote and is now in need to strike awkward alliances to form a government. The Social Democrats, led by a former bookseller and recovered alcoholic, who attempted suicide in 1980, collapsed to 21% in its worst defeat since the end of World War Two. But the focus of feverish attention was the far-right Alternative for Germany party (AfD) that was catapulted to third place and prepares to enter the Bundestag with close to 90 deputies. Read more

Karen Whartonautomobile

(Postgraduate Student, MA IREL Global Program, Webster University, Missouri, USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 17 September 2017

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

A mainstay of United States (U.S.) economy an automobile has now become a weapon of terror, leaving us defenseless as we garble for an offense. For all the worrying that terrorist attacks will become more sophisticated, it took everyone by surprise when such a rudimentary object was used as a weapon of terror.
Millions of defense money has been spent on technology to protect mainly against cyberattacks, but the use of a common object (a car) was overlooked. The shift to such an unusual kind of attacks has become more prevalent in the last few years. Seven countries throughout Europe and two states in the U.S have been affected by this horrific wave of terror related vehicular attacks....Read more

germany99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 September 2017

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

“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

And so it came to pass. Mrs. Merkel, once a fervent supporter of bringing Turkey into the EU, abruptly announced it is high time the European bloc drops Turkey from its list of potential candidates....Read more

private82Dr. Ruth Delaforce

(Research Fellow at the Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, working on the Fragile States and Transnational Actors projects. She completed her PhD on private military and security companies at Griffith University, Australia).

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 1 September 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).

The ongoing revelations by private contractor, Edward Snowden, have focused attention on the extensive scope of global intelligence gathering by the United States (US).1 In particular, highlighting the vulnerabilities of digital data, raising concerns by civil libertarians in Europe and North America on citizen privacy, and causing diplomatic rifts between states, examples being the US and Germany, and Australia and Indonesia.2 However, limited attention has been paid to the challenges of privatising intelligence, especially where this occurs on behalf of the state.3 While current media reports indicate the US is the most active state involved in privatised intelligence, followed by Great Britain, it is also likely that other states are engaged in similar operations under the guise of private companies, through contractual arrangements, or by covert infiltration.4 ..Read more

moroccomap87"We need a combination of both tough and soft responses to deal with the security threats posed by the radicals"

Moha Ennaji
(President of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Studies in Morocco. He is professor of gender and cultural studies at Fès University. His most recent book is titled Muslim Moroccan Migrants in Europe (Palgrave-Macmillan 2014).

Copyright: http://www.yourmiddleeast.com/opinion/youth-islamist-radicalization-the-push-factors-and-strategies-to-combat-it_48529 Publication date in RIEAS web site: 27 August 2017

Despite growing consensus on the drivers of violent extremism, there is still little understanding of how and why those drivers push and pull certain individuals down the path of radicalization. What is attracting them? What are the best strategies to combat extremism and terrorism, taking into account the case of those returning from Syria and Iraq?..Read more

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