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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

cbrne15Briefing – December 2015

Beatrix Immenkamp
(Author, European Parliamentary Research Service – EPRS)

Copyright:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2015)572806 – Republication on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 14 December 2015

The European Union and its Member States must prepare for the possibility of a chemical or biological attack on their territory by the self-styled 'Islamic State' in Iraq and the Levant (known variously as IS, ISIS or ISIL and by the Arabic acronym 'Da'esh'). Since the beginning of October 2015, terrorist attacks in Ankara, the Sinai Peninsula, Beirut, Paris, and Tunis, for which ISIL/Da'esh has claimed responsibility, have cost the lives of 500 people. Immediately following the latest attack in Paris, the jihadist terrorist group threatened further attacks in European cities. Read more

ira15Alexandros 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: 24 October 2015

The phenomenon of piracy attacks in the Horn of Africa against commercial vessels by mostly Somali-based pirates is not a new one. From 2008 to 2012 this kind of assaults presented an excessive incline creating a major problem for international commercial shipping in this part of East Africa and onwards. The continuous instability in this area and the strong feeling of insecurity and anxiety of the seafarers sailing through this route and especially in the Gulf of Aden created a certain necessity for some official anti-piracy action. Under those circumstances a specific region has been characterized as the Piracy High Risk Area and detailed instructions have been issued for the ships that would approach it.... Read more

bokoharam71Ioannis Mantzikos
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 29 March 2015)

Elections have always been high-stakes affairs in Nigeria but the build-up to the 2015 elections has been accompanied by unprecedented levels of tension and anxiety. Two closely matched parties—the People's Democratic Party (PDP) of President Goodluck Jonathan and the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) led by General Muhammadu Buhari—appear confident of securing victory. The national elections in 2011 accelerated the general northern alienation from the Abuja government that feeds Boko Haram...Read more

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