THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF US-RUSSIA RELATIONS:THE TRANSITION FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ELECT- PRESIDENT TRUMP
Dr Nikolaos Lampas
(Adjunct Lecturer in Politics and International Relations,University of Piraeus, Greece)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 December 2016
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 the last decade, Russia’s actions showed clear signs of her aspirations to re-assert itself as the major counterpart of the United States. Russia has ‘revamped its military, invaded two neighbouring countries, intervened on behalf of President Assad in Syria, and threatened NATO with nuclear saber-rattling, aerial incursions, and military exercises.’(RAND Corporation, 2016) Particularly since the 2014 invasion of Ukraine the relationship between the United States and Russia resembles that of post-Cold War. ...Read more
THE TRUMP TRAIN IS ALREADY HEADING TOWARDS EUROPE
( Director-general of IsAG (Rome Institute of Geopolitics) and Ph.D. Candidate in Political studies at the Sapienza University, Rome. Author of three books, is frequent contributor and columnist to various TV-channels and newspaper)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 13 November 2016
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)
The “Trump Train” (once a Twitter hashtag and then a successful metaphor of the assertive, and to date unstoppable, reform wind blown by Donald Trump) is finally arrived at the White House. But this is very likely not the final destination of its journey. The Trump Train could soon arrive in Europe....Read more
ANALYSIS: IS PUTIN PLANNING TO RESTORE THE SOVIET –ERA KGB?
Copyright: www.intelnews.org - Publication in RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 9 October 2016.
Last week, following the results of Russia’s parliamentary election, Russian media run a story suggesting that the Kremlin is planning to implement far-reaching changes to the country’s intelligence apparatus. According to the Moscow-based daily Kommersant, the administration of President Vladimir Putin is considering merging Russia’s two major intelligence and counterterrorism agencies into one. Specifically, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, will merge with the FSB, the Federal Security Service, according to Kommersant. The merger will create a new amalgamated intelligence agency that will be named “Ministry of State Security”, or MGB, in Russian. The last time this title was used was from 1946 to 1953, during the last years of the reign of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. It was one of several agencies that were eventually combined to form the Soviet KGB in 1954. Read more
ECONOMIC INTELLIGENCE CULTURE IN FRANCE
(President of the De Cristoforis Strategic Studies Center, Italy)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) – Publication date: 28 August 2016
The tensions underlying international exchange are indicative of the importance of cultural factors in economic warfare and oblige companies to be aware of the scientific progress if they intend to continue developing. It took France a long time to define a culture of its own in the field of intelligence, and until the previous century, the French word renseignement had a negative connotation. The political elite considered this activity to be degrading and comparable to dirty police work..... Read more
INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES: THEIR ROLE IN COMBATTING TODAYS’ TERRORISM
Isidoros K. Rizas
(Security Professional, M.A., M.B.A., MA Science)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 18 June 2016
Overcoming the huge definition problems about them, today's' terrorists are, unquestionably, one facet of our society's enemies. Their efficiency varies, but it is included in the duties of society's defence mechanisms to evaluate it proactively and decisively.
At the moment, as the generally accepted agreement about the growth of this "industry" (to use one of the most provocative –but for sure most labelling- approaches about terrorism) shows, the aforementioned society's mechanisms have been at fault in not a few cases....Read more
LAW – A CHALLENGE OF DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Jasna Čošabić (PhD)
(Professor of IT law and EU law at Banja Luka College, Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Copyright: Research Instittue for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 9 June 2016.
IT law or cyber law or internet law, is evolving in giant steps. On its way, it has many challenges to meet and a lot of burdens to cope with. Being a part of international law, it is though specific in its nature, mode of implementation and protection. While the classic international law deals with classic state territories, state jurisdictions, with a clear distinction between national laws, the IT law is uncertain about the state jurisdiction, earthbound borders, rules and proceedings regarding any dispute arising on internet. Read more
WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE IN COUNTERINSURGENCY OPERATIONS?
(Security Analyst, Postgraduate from the Department of War Studies,
King's College London, UK)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 May 2016
'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles' (Sun Tzu, 2012). The importance of thoroughly knowing and understanding the enemy on the battlefield can be summarized in this well-known and diachronic Sun Tzu's quotation. But what are the implications of this 'knowledge' in the contemporary operational theater? Besides the military and tactical capabilities, the significance of other individual key elements cannot be overlooked. One of the prominent elements that fall into this category is the familiarization with the enemy's cultural context. This hypothesis is even more vital when the potential enemy may be hidden among the civilians of a specific population which actually shapes the traditional pattern of insurgencies. ..Read more
THE STRATEGY OF HYBRID WARFARE
(was a Fulbright Junior Scholar at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University) where he received an MA in International Relations and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Security Studies).
Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) 24 April 2016
Alexander Lanoszka is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. Previously, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. He completed his PhD in 2014 at the Department of Politics at Princeton University, focusing his research on international security and international relations theory. He has published "Russian Hybrid Warfare and Extended Deterrence in Central-Eastern Europe" in the January 2016 issue of International Affairs, the Chatham House journal)...Read more
WHY INTELLIGENCE IS MISSED
(A decorated former CIA officer, author of Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy (WmMorrow/HarperCollins 2015), former advisor to the Chair of US House Intelligence Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee, founding Director of Blackwater Security and frequent commentator for FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and advisor to GRAY | Solutions and holds a doctorate in law).
Copyright: http://www.americanthinker.com - Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 16 April 2016
The man captured on airport surveillance video wearing a white jacket and black hat, is unidentified and reportedly on the run. The two jihadist brothers are dead -- killed in the suicide bombings. Radical Najim Laachraoui is also reportedly dead -- and a second unknown who took part in the metro attack is missing. But one day before the Brussels bombings, Belgian police named Laachraoui as a major suspect in the Paris attacks back in November. On top of that, his DNA was found on the suicide vests in Paris, in a Brussels apartment and a house at Auvelais in southern Belgium, which were both used by the Paris bombers before those attacks. Until this week, he had only been known by an alias, Soufiane Kayal, and had rented the Auvelais house using the false name. Read more
TRANSATLANTIC TERRORISM AND JIHAD IN EUROPE
Stathis Katopodis, (M.A.)
(RIEAS Research Associate)
Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 April 2016
Note: A Revision of the paper entitled "The Evolution of Transatlantic Terrorism & the Case of Europe", published by RIEAS on 26 January2014.
One year and a half after the publication of the paper entitled "Evolution of Transatlantic Terrorism & the Case of Europe", on June 29th, 2014, a Jihadist militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL and Daesh proclaimed the establishment of a Caliphate and demanded the recognition of its statehood. Today, ISIS claims territories equal to the size of the United Kingdom mainly in Iraq and Syria, as well as relatively small areas in Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Egypt.... Read more