libya4Shaul Shay
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and former deputy head of Israel’s National Security Council)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 24 May 2020

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

Libya has been engulfed in chaos since 2011 when longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was killed in the "Arab Spring" uprising. Libya has been split since 2014 between two rival administrations: the Tripoli-based "Government of National Accord" (GNA), led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, and the House of Representatives allied to General Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA). .... Read more

chinainfluence7Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)  Publication date: 23 May 2020

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Ever since the onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic China has been the target of widely distributed claims that she intentionally “misrepresented” the severity of the outbreak and failed to raise the alarm worldwide.

Indeed, reports suggested Chinese authorities minimized the dangers to the public, suppressed those dissidents inside China who raised the alarm over the rapidly spreading pandemic, and censored criticism of the Chinese government deliberately holding back critical information about the onslaught of Covid-19. ...Read more

dempandemicAleksander Ksawery OLECH
(RIEAS Research Associate and PhD Candidate, War Studies University, Warsaw, Poland)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 11 May 2020

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Introduction

The purpose of this research paper is to analyze current trends in the world regarding the pandemic of Covid-19 and recommend specific initiatives to combat the growing problem of weakening democracy. Perhaps the most noticeable form of undermining democracy is the growing role of governments and their willingness to implement new laws without consulting citizens. The right to vote is an important component in the process of creating and maintaining the state and plays a key role in relation with other countries. This research paper addresses the contemporary main global concern which is the gradual limitation of democracy due to the threat of Covid-19...Read more

grisraelalliance8Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)  Publication date: 2 May 2020

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With the pandemic upending the global-politico-economic system, Greece finds herself in an unenviable position: bankrupt and inundated with semi-insurrectionist illegal immigrants; with unemployment rising again; with the coronavirus impact promising continuing debilitating dislocation of society and economy; with neighboring Turkey hyperventilating in a orgy of aggression, hostility, and expansionism and feeding a proxy war in the Aegean and the Evros frontier; and with the EU sliding irrevocably toward severe “intra-union” friction, and, perhaps, fragmentation, Greece must gather the courage to move in unexplored paths—or sink in permanent existential and national oblivion...Read more

secdataTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 27 April 2020

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It was recently announced that Facebook has launched a Covid-19 symptoms data maps initiative in collaboration with the Carnegie Mellon University Delphi epidemiological research center. Symptom tracking is a vital part of defeating the pandemic. The larger the data set at the disposal of experts the faster the finding of a cure can be. ..Read more

chinacovid5Dayla Ramsey
(RIEAS Research Associate, & Author, “Eliminating Opposition: The Belt Road Initiative and Security Implications for the Mediterranean as China Leverages Economic Influence”, RIEAS Publication, January 2020, Athens, Greece)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)  Publication date: 27 April 2020

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

Pandemic is something every government should prepare for in the hopes that it will never happen. As it stands, the United States is now scrambling to cope with the spread of COVID-19 as this new respiratory virus disrupts life as we all know it. The US is not the only country to suffer the economic set-backs of quarantine and social distancing; this pandemic has exposed the lack cohesive leadership response and serious investment in control mechanisms to lessen the impact of variables that threaten to do more damage than war in many countries. Not that leadership is entirely to blame, each citizen must have the motivation to adhere to rule of law at the expense of personal freedom if society is to endure and return to full economic capacity in the foreseeable future...Read more

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