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grecotr98Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 10 December 2017

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).

It is still unclear how exactly the Erdogan visit to Athens on 7-8 December was arranged. Some reports claimed the Turkish president “invited himself” and the Tsipras government simply went along. Other news stories spoke of “meticulous” Greek diplomatic preparation as part of an effort to “clarify” Greek-Turkish relations at a time of heightened regional tensions, Erdogan’s daily verbal sniping at European governments, and deteriorating relations with the United States...Read more

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Tassos Symeonides

(RIEAS Ακαδημαικός Σύμβουλος)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 December 2017

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).

Greek politics is an eternal source of macabre entertainment. Following the collapse of the military junta in 1974, and the Cyprus tragedy, Greece supposedly entered a “democratic” phase. The exercise proved anywhere from incomplete to disastrous...Read more

medsec91Mediterranean Security in the Age of Crisis

Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Ακαδημαικός Σύμβουλος)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 12 November 2017

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 Mediterranean Sea, cradle of civilizations, is frothing with instability, violence, illegal immigration, and rapidly advancing criminalization. Its southern littoral has been transformed into an open wound as brittle lawless “states” disintegrate, or are near collapse, and corrupt politics, religious fanaticism, and aggressive tribalism offer plenty of opportunities for criminal enterprises and, more recently, Islamic terrorism. Looking at the map there isn’t one single state that may be termed “stable” or “secure” or both on the southern rim of the Mediterranean basin...Read more

deadendsTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Ακαδημαικός Σύμβουλος)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 5 November 2017

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).

Nothing is more permanent than the temporary
Greek proverb

Greece is in its seventh year of an economic collapse of unprecedented severity in postwar European history. Victim of her own political corruption as well as “united” Europe’s permanent identity crisis, mixed with unresolvable differences between North and South, Greece has ended up in the role of the perpetual lab animal in addition to the unenviable status of a country with her sovereignty smashed by creditor invasive demands for “supervision.” ...Read more

greekusa16Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Adviser)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 20 October 2017

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).

It is now an almost universal admission by observers, high and low, that Turkey’s relations with the West are moving south fast. After decades of feeding the myth of Turkey being the “bulwark” of Western interests in the Moslem world, the Western allies discover that Ankara is far less attuned to Western ways but fully committed to authoritarian Moslem religious politics under the sultanic Recep Tayyip Erdogan...Read more

driving17Quentin de Pimodan
(Co-author of The Khaleeji Voice, six-part book series about each of the GCC nations and their respective urban art cultures)

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

An old quest

Among the many rebukes carried against the Kingdom, the prohibition of driving for Saudi women has long held pole position. Mediatically appealing and socially unbearable, this blatant humiliating treatment targeting women has always been considered the foremost personification of the rampant misogyny spreading and poisoning the country, preventing it from fully embracing the modern time evolution. ..Read more

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