Taras Kuzio
(Toronto-based Research Associate at the Centre for Political and
Regional Studies, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) – www.rieas.gr –based in Athens, Greece – (Date of Publication: 12 February 2014).

The tragic murder of seven protesters on 22 January 2014, symbolically Ukrainian independence and unity day, is the first occasion this has happened in three decades when the country was still part of the Soviet Union. Although the use of firearms and other lethal weapons was authorized by the Nikolai Azarov government in three resolutions that same day under the presidential constitution the buck stops President Viktor Yanukovych..... Read more

Dr.  Taras Kuzio
(Centre for Political and Regional Studies,  Canadian Institute for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS) – www.rieas.gr – based in Athens, Greece - (Date of Publication: 4 February 2014).

Soviet political cultural tenets of xenophobia, spy-mania and conspiracy theories run throughout the working culture of the Russian and Ukrainian successor intelligence agencies to the Soviet KGB and foreigners (diplomats, journalists, businesspersons and human rights activists) are often assumed to be Western spies. Such mind sets were evident in legislation adopted in Russia and Ukraine that defined foundations and NGO’s that received foreign (i.e. Western, not Russian) funding as ‘foreign agents.... Read more

Asfandiyar Qamar
(Security Analyst)

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Since the revolution in 2011, Yemen’s new government under interim President Abd Mansour Al-Hadhi, has been attempting to undo the damage done to the country’s economy, system of governance, its natural resources, and its security situation, by years of political and economic mismanagement under former President, Ali Abdullah Saleh.

George N. Tzogopoulos
(Political and Media Analyst, Author of the Books: US Foreign Policy in the European Media: Framing the Rise and Fall of Neoconservatism (I.B.TAURIS, 2012) and The Greek Crisis in the Media (Ashgate, 2013).

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An agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme had seemed like an almost romantic hope before Sunday 24 November 2013. The intransigence of Tehran to co-operate with international standards and the isolation policy applied by Washington was leading negotiations to an impasse for many years. The election of President Hassan Rouhani in June 2013 was certainly a significant development contributing to a better understanding. But it was rather the success of foreign ministers and diplomats from six different countries which finally paved the way for the breakthrough. In particular, the United States, China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom agreed with Iran after a marathon of talks to impose limits and rollbacks on its nuclear programme in exchange for a modest easing of sanctions.

Stathis Katopodis
(Analyst, RIEAS Research Associate)

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For more than twenty years, the world experiences constant changes in the political/diplomatic, social and economic domains. With the fall of communism in the early 1990s and the expansion of the U.S. driven capitalism, the western transatlantic world created a ground for peace and prosperity to flourish. However, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, KGB stopped being the sole player in intelligence gathering and a know-how provider for its member states. At the dawn of 1990s, it became imperative for the newly independent states to establish new intelligence agencies and to comply with international standards of intelligence gathering and analysis. However, there were still lessons to be learned...   Read more


James W. Warhola
(PhD is Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science, The University of Maine, USA)

Egemen B. Bezci
(MA is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Sakarya University, Turkey)

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The Arab Spring, or “Arab Awakening,” that began in Tunisia in early 2011 has spawned numerous developments across the region, some of them surprising in nature and perhaps in scale. One such development has been a major re-alignment of regional power relations, resulting both in new patterns of relations among countries and in complications of longstanding disputes….   Read more 

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