taiwanmap5Amb. Sherman KUO
(Representative of Taiwan to Greece)

Copyright: Taipei Representative office in Athens, Greece
(http://www.taiwanembassy.org/GR)
RIEAS Publication date: 13 March 2020

With the outbreak of coronavirus in Italy and many European countries, Greece is also trying hard to avoid the spread of the virus from neighboring countries. As the front line against the coronavirus, Taiwan is only 81 miles off the coast of China and was expected to have the second highest number of cases of coronavirus due to its intensive interaction with China geographically and economically. For example, Taiwan has 23 million citizens of which more than 3 million Taiwanese nationals live or work in China. In 2019, 2.7 million Chinese visitors traveled to Taiwan and 600 direct flights per week between both sides. However, Taiwan now has 45 confirmed cases while neighboring countries like South Korea, Japan, and China have hundreds or thousands of cases...Read more

natoarticle51A WAR CONUNDRUM

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 8 March 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)

As we speak Turkey has declared hybrid war on Greece via throngs of illegal immigrants threatening to overwhelm Greek borders. Rumors say these throngs are replete with Turkish special forces saboteurs infiltrating Greek territory. Turkish government ministers miss no opportunity to openly threaten Greece in unmistakable language. For all intends and purposes, Turkey has practically declared war on its neighbor.

This is no surprise development. Ever since the 1974 brazen Turkish invasion of Cyprus, Ankara has relentlessly pursued an undeclared war in the Aegean Sea questioning Greek sovereignty and dishing international treaties and international law...Read more

Greece6Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 28 February 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)

On February 27, RIEAS honored me with The Minas Nomikos Award for Security Research Excellence 2020 and a Certificate of Appreciation, a gesture I deeply appreciated.

RIEAS and I share a long association and cooperation based on a strong friendship with RIEAS’s tireless president John Nomikos. John and I met in the late 1980s and soon we were discussing the idea of a research group aimed at Greek and international security studies against the backdrop of the Greek-US alliance.

These early talks carried on against the backdrop of total absence of financing. While I was impressed by John’s enthusiasm, I was equally concerned about finding the means necessary to set the foundations of this initiative...Read more

coldwar5Cmdr. (res.) Eyal Pinko
(Competitive Intelligence and Cyber Consulting, Ph.D. candidate Strategy, Defense and Intelligence studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel)

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

The American and German intelligence communities used Crypto AG, a Swiss company that made encryption tools, to spy on more than 100 countries. Intelligence gathered through this joint operation is said to have influenced the Israel-Egypt peace talks, the Falklands War, and the Iran-Iraq war, among others.....Read more

israelegypt9Shaul Shay
(Senior research fellow at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzeliya (IDC) and former Deputy Head of Israel National Security Council)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 9 February 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).

A group of militants blew up a gas pipeline on February 2, 2020 in Egypt's North Sinai Province. The terror attack occurred about a week after, the Islamic state (IS) encouraged its fighters to launch attacks against Israel as part of a “new phase” of its operations...Read more

analysis9Cmdr. (res.) Eyal Pinko
(Competitive Intelligence and Cyber Consulting, Ph.D. candidate Strategy, Defense and Intelligence studies, Bar Ilan University, Israel)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 1 February 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)

The US operation that killed one of the symbols of Tehran reflects superb intelligence capabilities. From cyber to agents within the Quds Force – the intelligence infrastructure behind the targeted killing of Qasem Soleimani. Also: from silent acceptance to limited response – Iran's options for vengeance. Commentary

The tension between the USA and Iran reached a peak on December 17, 2019 following the rocket attack staged by a Shi'ite militia force against the US base known as K1 near Kirkuk in Iraq. One US citizen was killed in the attack and several US servicemen were wounded. As an immediate response, the US Air Force staged air strikes against positions of the militia that had staged the rocket attack...Read more

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