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chrstiantrump91Ioannis Mantzikos
(Analyst for African security issues)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 21 April 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).

The executive order of President Trump on refugees has been widely, and rightly, criticized. Such criticism of the executive order is indeed proper and necessary, one aspect of the new policy, namely the prioritization of claims of religious persecution by religious minorities in refugee applications. ..Read more

evetphotoTassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Erdogan won the April 16 referendum by a narrow margin. How dangerous is he now as newly minted sultan-for-life, provided he lasts?
Erdogan is unpredictable, suspicious, and impulsive. He is also revengeful and ruthless when dealing with enemies, both true and fictional. He sees conspiracies coming from all points of the horizon. In other words, he clearly demonstrates the obsessive character traits which distinguish dictators from normal people. His paranoia is increasing proportionally to his recent revengeful, hostile rants against Europe. In a recent reshuffle of his spy agency, he created a unit of dark “special operations” to wage total war against enemies inside and outside Turkey...Read more

syria99Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) -Publication date: 11 April 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).

The US cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base has spread fears of immediate escalation of Syria’s conflict into a US-Russian confrontation. How real are the risks of a war involving these powers?

First of all, a word of caution. The parties involved in the Syrian quagmire pursue incompatible objectives which shift according to imprecise and confused criteria. Prima facie analyses of the attack speak of a “decisive shift” in the conflict thanks to President Trump’s snap decision to shoot. Reality though is different. There are unanswered questions about the timing and purpose of the attack. There is little information about how the decision-making in the White House worked against the backdrop of intensifying personality conflicts within the Trump inner circle. And last but not least, those who understand the dynamics of such crisis situations see strong words with Russia as a “natural” corollary in the inevitable mutual muscle flexing, especially at a time when US power is questioned by many potential adversaries after the failures of the Obama years. As things stand now, a broadened conflict involving the US and Russia appears low on the risks dial...Read more

uaephotoMatthew Crosston (PhD)
(Senior Advisor in the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS), Vice Chairman at Modern-Diplomacy and Editor-in-Chief of the Global South policy initiative, the Journal of Rising Powers).

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

It is not always so easy to give a quick, concise, and analytically explicit overview of the intelligence community and culture in the United Arab Emirates. Emirati intelligence has to be seen in two disparate tiers: actual domestically-founded and home-grown intelligence efforts, which usually revolve within the small policing and military forces of the UAE; and more elaborate, highly-secretive, outsourced activities that usually see the Emirates in either a facilitating conduit or go-between role with a clear advantage to Emirati interests being eventually made apparent...Read more

nato216Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

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

Turkey is again overshooting the runway by throwing threats, abuse, and denunciations in all directions. Dealing with Erdogan has become an exercise in attempting to figure out the next outrage emerging from a person obsessed with power and prepared to follow the most extreme path in order to secure it. Is there a “rational” way of dealing with such a clear and present danger to peace and stability?.....Read more

whitehouse17Yannis A. Stivachtis
(RIEAS Senior Advisor and Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Program at Virginia Tech, USA)

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

It has been since the announcement of the results of the U.S. Presidential elections on 8 November 2016 that the world has been waiting with a certain degree of nervousness and apprehension to find out how the newly elected leader of the Free World will contact his country’s foreign affairs. Despite that more than six weeks have passed since Donald Trump’s inauguration, one may argue that still today there is more uncertainty surrounding the foreign policy of the world’s greatest power than at any time in the post-World War II era, if not longer. So, the question is: what would President Trump’s foreign policy be?...Read more

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