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terrorforms17Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 14 January 2017

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 October 2016, the Greek National Police circulated a “pocket guide,” addressed to “front line professionals,” on how to address radicalization and extremism. The 17-page booklet is similar to publications already in circulation in other European countries. Its ostensible purpose is to offer guidance to the so-called “front line professionals,” a portmanteau category that describes every conceivable person who, by the nature of his job, may be in a position to observe behavioral signs of radicalization and violent tendencies displayed by suspect subjects....Read more

postbrexit17Dr Glen Segell
(University of Haifa, Israel)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 2 January 2017

This article is written shortly after a referendum in the United Kingdom (UK) referred to as BREXIT whose results decided that the UK would leave the European Union (EU). It shows the thinking at the time in January 2017 about intelligence and security cooperation between the UK and other EU states. The article considers this by providing three methods and options for such cooperation in, by, with and within the EU between the UK and other EU states. The methods and options of intelligence and security cooperation are single, common and bilateral. No EU state is more or less significant in such evaluations and hence Greece is a salient case example to contemplate...Read more

terror17(said the terrorist)

Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 24 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).

Recent events:

●A crypto-jihadist Turkish policeman shoots dead the Russian ambassador to Turkey and delivers an “allahu akbar” screaming denunciation standing over his victim’s body as the camera rolls. ...Read more

prepared81And Why You Should Be
Q & A

Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 18 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).

Late last year the Swiss Army chief, Lieutenant General Andre Blattmann, warned his countrymen to be prepared for “social unrest” and seek to arm themselves to protect their homes and families. Isn’t this extreme when addressing a free democratic country like Switzerland?
No, it is not. In fact, we should praise Switzerland for having developed a political system in which opinions of senior figures, with an established record of service, deliver the bad news just when warnings are necessary....Read more

borderless91Ioannis Mantzikos
(RIEAS Research Associate)

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).

Unfortunately, the nature of terrorism which has been an unfortunate part of our lives has fundamentally changed. The EU has to find ways to respond. A new paper, Towards a ‘Security Union’: Bolstering the EU’s Counter-Terrorism Response, published on April 20, 2016 by the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), asked whether it was time for the EU to have its own intelligence agency. Read more

greece270Tassos Symeonides
(Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 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).

At the time of the Imia Crisis, in an assessment brief produced for diplomatic consumers, I offered the following conclusion:
It is now obvious that the Turkish leadership may switch back to Cyprus invasion mode with the aim of militarily contesting Greek sovereign island territory in the Aegean. This re-direction of the Turkish strategic plan will be most likely preceded by a period of persistent Ankara demands for a “global redefinition” of the international regime introduced by the 1923 Lausanne Treaty. While Lausanne is not a bilateral but, rather, a multilateral international treaty, which is immune to tweaking according to Turkish whim, questioning its essence, constantly and persistently, could lead to the rise of Turkish demands for “justice” in the Aegean that would gather support from several Alliance members which insist Turkey is indispensable to Western security....Read more

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