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culturephotoAlexandros Kassidiaris
(Security Analyst, Postgraduate from the Department of War Studies,
King's College London, UK)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 May 2016

'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles' (Sun Tzu, 2012). The importance of thoroughly knowing and understanding the enemy on the battlefield can be summarized in this well-known and diachronic Sun Tzu's quotation. But what are the implications of this 'knowledge' in the contemporary operational theater? Besides the military and tactical capabilities, the significance of other individual key elements cannot be overlooked. One of the prominent elements that fall into this category is the familiarization with the enemy's cultural context. This hypothesis is even more vital when the potential enemy may be hidden among the civilians of a specific population which actually shapes the traditional pattern of insurgencies. ..Read more

eursec16Jamie Smith
(A decorated former CIA officer, author of Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy (WmMorrow/HarperCollins 2015), former advisor to the Chair of US House Intelligence Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee, founding Director of Blackwater Security and frequent commentator for FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and advisor to GRAY | Solutions and holds a doctorate in law).

Copyright: http://www.americanthinker.com - Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 16 April 2016

The man captured on airport surveillance video wearing a white jacket and black hat, is unidentified and reportedly on the run. The two jihadist brothers are dead -- killed in the suicide bombings. Radical Najim Laachraoui is also reportedly dead -- and a second unknown who took part in the metro attack is missing. But one day before the Brussels bombings, Belgian police named Laachraoui as a major suspect in the Paris attacks back in November. On top of that, his DNA was found on the suicide vests in Paris, in a Brussels apartment and a house at Auvelais in southern Belgium, which were both used by the Paris bombers before those attacks. Until this week, he had only been known by an alias, Soufiane Kayal, and had rented the Auvelais house using the false name. Read more

shaunmigShaun Riordan
(A Former British Diplomat and Director of ZEIA)

Copyright: http://www.shaunriordan.com/?p=266 - Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 6 March 2016

Historians of the future will compare our reactions to the migrant crisis with those of our grandparents to the plight of the Jews in the 1930s. We may not come too well out of the comparison. We need to provoke ourselves in to new thinking, and more important, action. Feuerbach thesis nº11 – the aim of philosophy must be to change the world, not just think about it. Our political elites have already demonstrated their inability to tackle the issues, preferring personal ambition to humanitarian solidarity....Read more

gtazlogoAn Overview

Copyright: https://www.verfassungsschutz.de/en - Publication at RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 6 December 2015

The GTAZ (Joint Counter-Terrorism Centre) set up in Berlin in late 2004 is not an autonomous authority but a joint co-operation and communication platform used by 40 internal security agencies. Its founding did not require a new legal basis, because no agency was given additional competences or had to share sovereignty. Instead, each of the agencies involved takes its measures on its own authority and within the framework of the prevailing laws. Due to its organisational structure, the GTAZ has no director, but representatives of the following agencies co-operate on an equal footing: Read more

europolmigrationThe criminal group was suspected of facilitating the illegal entry into the EU of migrants mainly Syrian via maritime routes from Turkey to Greece

Copyright: www.europol.europa.eu – Publication Date on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) 23 March 2015

On 10-11 March 2015, Greek law enforcement authorities, with the support of Europol, dismantled an organized criminal group suspected of facilitating the entry of irregular migrants - mainly Syrian nationals - into Greece from Turkey via maritime routes. The group also smuggled victims from Greece to other EU Member States through a range of methods, and was involved in the production and distribution of forged travel documents and their trading to other organized criminal groups. The criminal network operated in Greece and was formed of members from several countries including Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Romania...Read more

insideintelIoannis (John) M Nomikos
(RIEAS Director)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 11 January 2015

Since 2005, RIEAS has extensively written on the need for the European Commission to consider the establishment of a new service focused on European Intelligence matters. Moreover, intelligence and security analysts in the European Union member states who promote the idea of a European common intelligence policy argue that the toughest challenge for the European Union has been the highly sensitive area of intelligence-sharing.

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