yemen91Shaul Shay
(He has served in various senior capacities in Israel’s intelligence community. He is a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and since November 2007, he is deputy head of the National Security Council of Israel. An expert on international and Fundamentalist Islamic terrorism, he has published studies and articles in Israel and abroad and written ten books on the subject)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 12 June 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

Yemeni Joint Forces backed by the Arab Coalition launched on May 11, 2018, a battle to liberate Hodeida and regain control of its strategic port from the Houthis. The Houthis seized control of Hodeidah in October 2014, a month after seizing the capital Sanaa...Read more

chinasea19Vinod Anand
(Brig Vinod Anand is a Senior Fellow at the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), New Delhi. He holds a post-graduate degree in Defence and Strategic Studies and is an alumnus of Defence Services and Staff College and College of Defence Management. Earlier he was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. Brig Anand has also been a Senior Fellow at the United Service Institution, New Delhi)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 12 June 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

While Shangri La is imagined as a mystical and peaceful place resplendent with harmony and conducive conditions for a long and prosperous life the South China Sea, on the contrary, is a place that is full of tensions with a potential for hot conflict breaking out at any time. That is why every year in Shangri La Dialogue (SLD) at Singapore the debates on the South China Sea are featured as one of the major topics of this high level conclave. No wonder, therefore, that this year also the South China Sea issue found mention in speeches and discussions of the SLD in some way or the other...Read more

japan91Ryan Gallagher
(U.K.-based investigative journalist whose work at The Intercept is focused on national security and civil liberties)

Copyright: https://theintercept.com/2018/05/19/japan-dfs-surveillance-agency/ Posted at RIEAS web site on 20 May 2018.

Νοτε: Ed Noguchi contributed reporting and translation.

The directorate has a history that dates back to the 1950s; its role is to eavesdrop on communications. But its operations remain so highly classified that the Japanese government has disclosed little about its work – even the location of its headquarters. Most Japanese officials, except for a select few of the prime minister’s inner circle, are kept in the dark about the directorate’s activities, which are regulated by a limited legal framework and not subject to any independent oversight...Read more

australia17Dr John Coyne
(Head of the Border Security Program at Australia Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI)

Copyright: https://www.aspi.org.au/opinion/intelligence-no-dark-art 
Publications at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) 29 October 2017

Over the last month, my Australian Strategic Policy Institute colleagues Anthony Bergin and Isaac Kfir have explored the benefits, barriers and pitfalls of the Commonwealth government’s intelligence sharing push. Anthony Bergin argued that it’s time for an ‘intelligence big picture in Australia’: an integrated national security information sharing system. Isaac Kfir’s response warned of the challenges and downsides of intelligence sharing. Read more

southchinaseaHannah Kitners
(Postgraduate Student, MA IREL Global Program, Webster University, Missouri, USA)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 8 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).

The South China Sea (SCS) is an area of great contention within the Asia-Pacific region. As China continues its rise as a major global power, its pursuit of sovereignty in the SCS increases. China uses several strategies to justify its sovereignty claims over large swaths of the maritime area. These strategies create concern for other Southeast Asian countries that are also making sovereignty claims in the maritime region...Read more

nk17Hannah Kitners
(Postgraduate Student, MA Global Program, Webster University, Missouri, USA)

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

China has a complex relationship with its geographic neighbor, North Korea. Their long and historic relationship has been tumultuous at times, but China’s prominent policy is to promote stability and peace in the Korean Peninsula (Chung & Choi, 2013). In order to promote this policy, the Chinese government maintains a certain level of affiliation with the isolated North Korean regime in terms of trade, commerce, aid and assistance (Taylor 2013). North Korea benefits from this policy because it allows them to have some economic stability and keeps the state from failing. In the minds of the Chinese leadership, this affiliation provides Beijing with some amount of leverage over Pyongyang that no other country has (Chang, 2016). China uses its unique relationship with North Korea to gain geopolitical advantage in the Asia-Pacific region and throughout the rest of the international community....Read more

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