arefayajohn1Copyright: @ 2020 Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) – Published on 27 January 2020

The Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) held a round table discussion on the topic “Greece-Libya Relations Within Regional Challenges” on Tuesday 21st January 2020 at the Hellenic Armed Forces Officers Club in Athens, Greece.

The Roundtable was chaired by the Director of RIEAS, Dr John Nomikos, with presentations by Dr Aref Ali Nayed, Chairman of the Libya Institute for Advanced Studies (LIAS) and Aya Burweila, Senior Fellow of RIEAS...Read more

conscription8Dr. Glen Segell
(University of Haifa, Israel)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 17 January 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)

Introduction

Modern democracies face tough life-and-death choices in armed conflicts and in the preparation for them. Chief among them is how to weigh the value of soldiers’ lives. A democratic countries leadership might think in terms of black and white, a statistic of how many might be wounded or die in any conflict. ...Read more

libya4Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 12 January 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)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the equivalent of the bull let loose in the china store. The only difference is the Turkish autocrat does not break china but, rather, threatens, bullies, and blackmails both his immediate and more distant neighbors over the delimitation of EEZs in Eastern Med realizing Turkey’s complete diplomatic isolation. His latest escalating antic was his illegal deal with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) to bring Turkish troops (‘advisers’) into its fight with its rival the Tobruk-based regime whose Libyan National Army (LNA), operates under the command of Gen. Khalifa Haftar...Read more

somalia8Shaul 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: 6 January 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).

Ankara is seeking to expand Turkey's influence beyond the Middle East to Africa in a bid to transform Turkey from a regional power into a sort of neo-Ottoman Empire. Turkey is a key ally and a major donor of the Somali government in efforts to rebuild the country after more than two decades of conflict and famine. Erdogan became the first non-African leader to visit Somalia in nearly 20 years when he traveled there in 2011, as Turkey's prime minister. In 2017, Turkey opened a military base in Mogadishu to train Somali soldiers....Read more

ayaphoto20Marilyn Stern
(Middle East Forum Radio)

Copyright: https://www.meforum.org/60190/aya-burweila-on-libya-crisis-of-legitimacy - (December 31, 2019) – Published on RIEAS web site on 1 January 2020.

Middle East Forum Radio host Gregg Roman spoke on December 18 with Aya Burweila, a senior advisor at the Research Institute for European and American Studies, about the civil war in Libya. Read more

haftargen6Shaul 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: 21 December 2019

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

Since the fall of the Dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the chaos that followed his death in 2011, Libya is divided between an internationally backed government- the Government of National Accord (GNA), led by Fayez al-Sarraj, based in Tripoli and a rival authority, the Tobruk government, formed by the House of Representatives elected in 2014 and dominated by general Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), in the east and south of the country. ...Read more

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