grisraelalliance8Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

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

postcovid19Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

“Coronavirus” has entered our vocabulary with a passion and the devastating power of a galactic big bang. As we speak, the impact of the pandemic upends government policies, international and domestic economic relations, defense and world health policies, public confidence in those who rule, and the established state itself.

Inevitably, the “post-pandemic” world will be changed to its core. Any recognized “balance of power” will deteriorate fast and, if it survives, it will be unrecognizable vis-a-vis the pre-pandemic universe. The global players, beginning with the United States and China, face the extreme test of pivoting “at speed” to maintain their influence and expand their alliances at the expense of lesser actors. ..Read more

mavi9Eyal Pinko
(The writer is a navy commander (ret.), and a former head of division in the Israeli security services. A researcher and a lecturer in the security and maritime strategy, intelligence and cyber.)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 7 April 2020.

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Background

At the end of 2019, Turkey signed an agreement with Libya, which gave Turkey the control of Libya's maritime territory and established in practice a maritime "corridor" in the eastern Mediterranean.

Controlling the maritime territory will let Turkey control vessel movement, the natural gas reservoirs, and the gas pipes in the area. For example, the pipes need to lay down from Israel to Greece and Italy.

The agreement caused the dissatisfaction of the countries Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, and France, as well as the resentment of the UN, which didn't approve the agreement. ...Read more

dirtybomb7By Musa Khan Jalalzai

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 7 April 2020 This article is exclusive for RIEAS.

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

Citizens of five central states have joined the ISIS networks to take the war into the region and inflict fatalities on civilian population. Russia is a strong country in case of law enforcement and intelligence infrastructure, but newly established commando units of the ISIS have gained professional approach to traditional and guerrila war. As far as foreign fighters and the ISIS are concerned, prior to the start of Syria’s civil war in 2011, Central Asia had periodically seen trickles of citizens leaving to fight in Syria and Iraq. In domestic stability, states of Central Asia are better than Pakistan, Afghanistan and some states of the Gulf region, but the fear of chemical and biological war has vanished their dream. The threat of returned fighters moving underground and engaging in terrorist attacks is greater if there is no process to reintegrate and absorb them into a reasonably open society...Read more

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