corruptionchainGreece and corruption
Q&A

Τάσσος Συμεωνίδης
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)

Publication date: 10 February 2019

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

For as long as anyone can remember corruption has been at the center of the perennial Greek crisis of politics, society, and economic stability. Even after nearly ten years of unprecedented punishment by the EU “bailouts” Greece remains as corrupt as before. Is there anything that can be done to break this fatal deadlock?

Corruption, both private and public, enjoys such a long tradition and roots so deep that it would take a cataclysmic jolt to bring about even moderate change. Corruption is practically synonymous with Greek “government” and public “ethics.” Bankruptcy, and the disastrous “bailouts” that have turned Greece into a subject nation of limited sovereignty, has only made a bad situation infinitely worse....Read more

eastmedroutes19Turkey, Russia, and East Med Gas

Q&A

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Turkey’s neo-sultan and President Putin met in Moscow to discuss Syria. Ankara and Moscow appear closer than never before. What are the implications of this rapprochement for Western security and stability in East Med?

During a radio broadcast in October 1939, Winston Churchill spoke of Russia thus: “I cannot forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest.”...Read more

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Τάσσος Συμεωνίδης

(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 20 January 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).


Q & A

The international community is heaping praise on PM Tsipras for narrowly winning an acrimonious confidence vote and saving his lame duck government from resorting to a snap election. Is this good or bad for Greece?

The meaning of words in Greece has suffered irreparable damage since the 2010 collapse and the transformation of the country into a de facto Brussels protectorate. Thus, to Greece’s foreign “friends, ”good” has come to have meaning only in relation to what Berlin, Brussels, and the creditors want and “bad” when one refers to what the Greek people desire or hope to see as their country struggles to return to “normalcy.”..Read more

ukbrexitphoto9Dr Glen Segell
(Research Fellow, Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies, University of Haifa, Israel)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr)
Publication date: 4 January 2019

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

Introduction

The political leadership of the United Kingdom (UK) has announced intentions to leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019 - BREXIT. [1] In doing so, it would be remapping its own, EU and NATO security arrangements. Security is a very broad term that includes social security and welfare just as much as domestic and external security for policing and defense of the state and its citizens. [2] It is in nobody’s interests, not even the UK’s, to walk away from the broad nature of all such security cooperation in Europe, especially not defense capability and defense industrial cooperation...Read more

trumpsyria18Lee Paine
(A Greek American who works in the region and has dealt with security intelligence and military and political leaders and operators in the ME from all sides for the last fifteen years and in Africa and Balkans for twenty five years)

Copyright: Lee Paine – Publication on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr ) on 24 December 2018.

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

Some folks in the military establishment, all of the neocons, a handful of conservatives and even most of the (hypocritical) Dem Libs are up in arms over POTUS Trump’s decision to withdraw 2000 troops from Syria and another 7000 from Afghanistan. .. Read more

yelvest18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 15 December 2018

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

1. The Yellow Vests insurrection over a fuel tax in France have opened Pandora’s box for Emmanuel Macron. The French president’s fortunes have collapsed with jaw-dropping speed. How did we reach this point? Was Macron caught sleeping at the wheel?

Yes, he was. Macron made the classic mistake of an arrogant man overwhelmed by a pseudo-sense of his own invincibility. From the heights of his suspiring election victory—when he was hailed as the White Knight galloping onto the scene to save Europe—he has suddenly found himself and his administration in a frothing sea of deadly trouble. He simply did not catch the gravitational turbulence of the people’s bullet flying in his direction...Read more

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