natophoto911In light of the State Department’s 2021 report on human rights abuses in Turkey, it is time for the US administration to take a long, hard look at its NATO ally.

By Robert Ellis
(International adviser at the Research Institute for European and American Studies in Athens).

Copyright@2023 https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-734106 (Jerusalem Post 13 March 2023)

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

In his pre-election pitch in 2020, President Joe Biden made clear it was the US’s role to lead the way. “We have to champion liberty and democracy.”

In Afghanistan, Biden fumbled the catch but otherwise has lived up to his promise. His staunch support for Ukraine is reminiscent of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call on America to be “the great arsenal of democracy.”... Read more

afhpak3Shaul 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: @ 2023 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 12 March 2023

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 Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan - TTP) claimed that it has carried out 29 attacks in Pakistan in February 2023, killing 57 members of the security forces and injuring 70 in various regions. Among those it had killed and wounded were members of the Pakistani army, paramilitary forces and police. TTP also said it had destroyed five army and one police patrol vehicles, as well as three police buildings. Most of the attacks were carried out in the Tribal Areas and the northwest of the country bordering Afghanistan. ...  Read more

azerbaijan23Raagini Sharma
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)

Copyright @ 2023 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 4 March 2023

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

Geo-politics is primarily the international relations of a particular state as impacted by its geographical location and the influence of regional and global factors. In the case of the East Mediterranean and Caucasus regions, wherein, the focus of the study is on the relations between Azerbaijan, Greece and Israel, the manifestation of the inter-relationships is a complicated one influenced by the historical, cultural, economic and geographical factors. ... Read more

econ717Erdogan’s house of cards has collapsed with the earthquake. There is already a rush to find scapegoats as well as the arrests of looters.

Robert Ellis
(International Advisor at the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) in Athens)

Copyright @ 2023 https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-732072

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

In Turkey, every natural and unnatural disaster is usually accompanied by a hunt for scapegoats so that those responsible escape retribution. The major earthquakes that struck the East Anatolian Fault Zone and the aftershocks are no exception.

There have been a number of serious rail accidents in Turkey and in 2004, two years after the AKP government came to power, a new high-speed train from Ankara to Istanbul derailed, killing 36 people. However, experts had warned against launching the prestige project prematurely before the rail infrastructure had been modernized.... Read more

artic9Alexander Drivas
(Security Analyst based in Athens, Greece)

Copyright: @ 2023 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 19 February 2023

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

In 2018, China launched the "Polar Silk Road" which is a part of the notorious One Belt-One Road (also known as Belt and Road Initiative) which Beijing had already inaugurated just a few years before (2013). Businesspeople, politicians, and academics all over the world have different views on Belt and Road Initiative due to its relativity and its ambiguous goals from the Chinese side. However, the Belt and Road Initiative is a vast trade project and depicts Beijing's priority, which is to fortify for itself the role of a global trade powerhouse. ... Read more

cygrind3Raagini Shekher Sharma
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)

Copyright: @ 2023 Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 8 February 2023

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

60 Years of Diplomatic Ties

The Republic of India and the Republic of Cyprus (RoC) established diplomatic ties on 10th February 1962. There has been a close and friendly relationship between both the countries since then. India supported the Republic of Cyprus's struggle for independence and has since consistently backed a settlement of the Cyprus dispute based on UNSC resolutions, international law, and the European Union’s viewpoints. On the other hand, Cyprus backed India on important matters like India’s bid for UNSC; the civil nuclear agreement between India and the US as also the issues with the Nuclear Suppliers Group, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). ..... Read more

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