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Dr Nicolas Laos
(Political Analyst, RIEAS Member in the International Advisory Board)

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Since 2008, humanity in general and the Western world in particular have become deeply aware that a peculiar crisis threatens the very foundations of the established civilization and contests old world-conceptions.

In December 2012, the U.S. National Intelligence Council’s draft “Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds” recognized that, even though, for much of the last fifty years, the international system remained stable, the first decade of the 21st century made it amply clear that the international system –as we know it today and as it is represented by such organizations as  the IMF, World Bank, WTO, WHO, OECD, United Nations and NATO– must be reformed or, otherwise, the power of its core institutions will be substantially decreased and these institutions may even become obsolete. According to the same global trends publication by the NIC, new institutions should be expected to emerge that will contribute to the reshaping of the international system with significant implications for the U.S.A. and the Western world in geopolitical, security and economic terms.

Ioannis. Th. Mazis
(Professor of Economic Geography and Geopolitics, University of Athens, Greece),

Copyright: Papazissis Publishing Company

Note: From the book of I. Th. Mazis, Professor of Economic Geography and Geopolitics,University of Athens,Papazissis, Athens 2005 (with the special collaboration of D. Tompros & F. Apostolopoulos).


The Need to Create a National Security Council

“Let’s not kid ourselves. Good intelligence does not necessarily mean good policies. Neither do good politics lead to a good intelligence service. The steps are small, slow and steady. Fireworks are not often seen”....   Read more

Special Economic Analysis 

"In view of the recent dramatic evolution of finances in Europe and the world, RIEAS publishes its own appreciation of the European situation"

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The essay analyses present Eurogroup States finances, with emphasis on Greece, explain why present measures to circumvent the crisis do not work and demonstrates why more and more Eurogroup countries collapse financially and how this will evolve. It addresses further the issue of growth which is just now being accepted as a remedy with its possible formulations and how this will affect the economies of Europe and Greece. Finally it states what can be expected in Greece for the next twelve months and the lessons of the crisis....   Read more

Dr Nicolas Laos
(Founder and President of the Kairological Society – Reality Restructuring Resources Inc, & RIEAS Member of International Advisory Board)

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Introduction

Policy analysis underpins and informs policy making, even if there is a lengthy lag between policy analysis and its gradual absorption into political debate. Once established as common sense, a text of policy analysis becomes incredibly powerful, because it delineates not only what is the object of knowledge but also what it is sensible to talk about or suggest. If one thinks and acts outside the framework of the dominant text of policy analysis, he risks more than simply the judgment that his recommendations are wrong; his entire moral attitude may be ridiculed or seen as dangerous just because his theoretical assumptions are deemed unrealistic. Therefore, defining common sense and, in essence, what is ‘reality’ and ‘realistic’ is the ultimate act of political power. Policy analysis does not simply explain or predict, it tells us what possibilities exist for human action and intervention; it defines both our explanatory possibilities and our moral and practical horizons. Hence, ontology and epistemology matter, and the stakes are far more considerable than at first sight seem to be the case.....  Read more 

Dr. George Vardangalos
(Electrical and Computer Engineer, Independent IT &
Business Consultant)

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...Political chaos is also on the horizon with the latest voted measures rupturing the ruling Pasok party as never before...

...One way or another, the present political system is going to collapse in the following months, though it seems the corrupted political ruling elite won’t be affected so much.[1]

Τhe Greek elections of May 6 confirmed, with no doubt, the above predictions written some months ago.  The election results were already “known”, more or less [2], by Europeans and other players that participate in this case study/experiment against Greece started on May 2010. The only thing that was less probable for them was the extent of collapse, regarding the two political ruling parties during the last 4 decades. For a very few votes, some thousands ones, the coalition government wasn’t formed, as they had planned. But the part of financial elite, which wanted Greece out of the Euro-zone since March 2009 [3], is not “prepared” to risk forcing Greece to exit the Euro-zone before the US elections in autumn. The plan was this exit to be an “alternative” to take place in 2013-2014, after the seizure of the largest valuable part of Greece’s public wealth. In any case, the main conclusion of these elections is the “transformation” of Troika’s last version MOU into a worthless paper.

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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I confess. I was and I remain “anti-memorandum” (antimneoniakos in Greek).

For those who may not be familiar with the term, “anti-memorandum” describes a person who opposes Greece’s “bailout” by the “troika” -- the IMF, the EU, and the ECB -- under the genocidal terms imposed by our “partners” in order to satisfy various Western European urges and evangelical moralizing, not to mention making Greece a live laboratory animal on which to practice alternative “therapies” designed to kill the animal but provide maximum satisfaction to lenders. That’s why I shuddered yet again (but I was not surprised) when I read this article in today’s New York Times.

Daniel Little
(RIEAS Senior Advisor)

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Much of the worldwide political and economic discussions entering 2012 focused on the reconciliation of economies, public budget deficits and how it affected standards of living.  For a number of reasons Greece serves as the bellwether for what other European countries wish to avoid; in essence the stark reality posed by austerity.  While Greek history defines our earliest understanding of democracy and citizenship, the more poignant lessons of Greece’s current situation lies further beneath the surface; namely the symbiotic relationships between government, economics and the cloak of security that envelopes them both.  No one in their respective capitals speak openly over the tear gas rolling across Athen’s Syntagma Square because this equally mirrors home just as much as the television news.  While the discourse over who is at fault and who should pay is played out for journalists, something far more symptomatic is at work.  The issue is what I identify as ‘counter-intuitive nationalism.’  In other words, this is not an exclusive Greek example.  Instead all countries are guilty of it to some degree and it is what they intend to do about it that ultimately determines the direction of an economy, a government’s leadership during unpopularity and a country’s overall security.  Greece only happens to be one of the first countries to undergo this catharsis.

Mr. Daniel Pipes
(President of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University)

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www.DanielPipes.org

PS. Mr. Daniel Pipes is a Member of RIEAS International Advisory Board.


Remember the name Kastelorizo; you heard it here first. It is the far-flung, easternmost island of Greece, 80 miles from Rhodes, 170 miles west of Cyprus, but just 1 mile off the coast of Turkey. Kastelorizo (in Greek, Καστελόριζο; or officially Megisti, Μεγίστη) is tiny, comprising just 5 square miles, plus some yet smaller, uninhabited islands. .....  Read more

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