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greek82Ioannis Mantzikos
(Security analyst based in Athens, Greece. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Free State University in South Africa and a senior analyst at the Research Institute for European and American Studies. His recent book with Dr. Denise Baken is entitled The Transformation of Al-Qaeda in the Middle East and North Africa).

Copyright: https://www.usma.edu - Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 15 October 2016

Greece has become a crossroads for extremists trying to reach Syria and Iraq from Europe and for fighters returning home. The fact that several members of the Paris and Brussels attack cell transited through the Greek island of Leros illustrates the Islamic State’s ability to exploit refugee flows in order to move fighters into Europe. Although Greece’s migrant crisis has eased recently, a persistent economic crisis has left the Greek government with limited resources and capability for border security and counterterrorism efforts. At a time of growing radicalization and Islamist extremist activity within Greece’s own borders, this has led to concern that the Islamic State may take advantage by launching attacks against Western or Russian tourists or interests on Greek soil. Read more

lone61Marcin Styszyński (PhD)
(Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Chair of Asian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland)

Copyright: Marcin Styszyński on Line. Publication date in RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) in 7 August 2016.

Recent terrorist attacks in the world, including the tragedy in Nice show that terrorist acts carried out by jihadists still pose a significant threat to international security and demonstrate some new forms of activities....Read more

munichby Daniel Pipes
(President, Middle East Forum)

Copyright: Gatestone Institute, July 15, 2016.
http://www.danielpipes.org/16822/jihad-awakens-europe

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Hello. I'm Daniel Pipes and I'd like to speculate about the future of Europe. I can see three most likely possibilities.
One is, when it comes to Islam, that everybody gets along, all is well, the future generations are better than the present generations, and there's no real problem. I don't think that's likely, although that is the working hypothesis of governments and, more broadly, the establishments: things will work out, we'll muddle through, it'll be okay. Read more

 

intelsecurityIsidoros K. Rizas
(Security Professional, M.A., M.B.A., MA Science)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 18 June 2016

Overcoming the huge definition problems about them, today's' terrorists are, unquestionably, one facet of our society's enemies. Their efficiency varies, but it is included in the duties of society's defence mechanisms to evaluate it proactively and decisively.
At the moment, as the generally accepted agreement about the growth of this "industry" (to use one of the most provocative –but for sure most labelling- approaches about terrorism) shows, the aforementioned society's mechanisms have been at fault in not a few cases....Read more

nationalsec16Their Impact on National Security in the Coming Decades

Gregory R. Copley
(President of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA),
based in Washington, DC., USA)

Note: Gregory R. Copley delivered a speech at the John Naisbitt University Conference,
National and International Security: Contemporary Global Challenges, Belgrade: February 4, 2016

The world is undergoing a geopolitical restructuring and human transition on a scale which has not been seen for perhaps a thousand years. This in turn generates what appear to be unrecognizable social, technological, and geostrategic situations, resulting in policy confusion in most societies. Read more

terrorbrusselsTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 22 March 2016

Invoking history is fashionable these days in Europe. That is fine. The only problem though is that this invoking the past is done in the wrong context and for the wrong reasons.
From Mrs. Merkel's standpoint, for example, history is (or, was until her recent electoral fiasco) the justification for allowing Moslem illegal immigration to breach borders and invade Europe's heart in the summer of 2015...Read more

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