Stathis Katopodis
(Analyst, RIEAS Research Associate)



For more than twenty years, the world experiences constant changes in the political/diplomatic, social and economic domains. With the fall of communism in the early 1990s and the expansion of the U.S. driven capitalism, the western transatlantic world created a ground for peace and prosperity to flourish. However, with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, KGB stopped being the sole player in intelligence gathering and a know-how provider for its member states. At the dawn of 1990s, it became imperative for the newly independent states to establish new intelligence agencies and to comply with international standards of intelligence gathering and analysis. However, there were still lessons to be learned...   Read more


James W. Warhola
(PhD is Professor and Chairman, Department of Political Science, The University of Maine, USA)

Egemen B. Bezci
(MA is a research fellow at the Institute of Social Sciences, Sakarya University, Turkey)


The Arab Spring, or “Arab Awakening,” that began in Tunisia in early 2011 has spawned numerous developments across the region, some of them surprising in nature and perhaps in scale. One such development has been a major re-alignment of regional power relations, resulting both in new patterns of relations among countries and in complications of longstanding disputes….   Read more 

Ia Pozovi
(RIEAS Senior Analyst)



Georgian Intelligence Community in the form it exists nowadays is quite young institutional body. During years it faced lots of reforms and changes. As accepted by many scholars historical legacies are often reflected in the institutional mentalities and daily operations of the services. This should also be taken into consideration when talking about Georgian Intelligence Community....  Read more

Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic
(Chairman of the Intl. Law & Global Pol. Studies and the author of the forthcoming book ‘Is there life after Facebook’, Addleton Academic Publishers, NY & RIEAS Member of International Advisory Board)


How to draw the line between the recent and still unsettled EU/EURO crisis and Asia’s success story? Well, it might be easier than it seems: Neither Europe nor Asia has any alternative. The difference is that Europe well knows there is no alternative – and therefore is multilateral. Asia thinks it has an alternative – and therefore is strikingly bilateral, while stubbornly residing enveloped in economic egoisms. No wonder that Europe is/will be able to manage its decline, while Asia is (still) unable to capitalise its successes…..  Read more

Hanna Shelest, PhD
(Senior Researcher, National Institute for Strategic Studies, Odessa Branch, Ukraine)


New National Security Strategy of Ukraine was adopted in 2012 being a result of the change in the internal politics of Ukraine. De facto today Ukrainian national security is defined by several documents – National Security Strategy, Law on Basics of Domestic and Foreign Policy of Ukraine and Military Doctrine of Ukraine. Moreover, such official documents as Strategy of the Peacekeeping Activity of Ukraine can also be added to this list.

Professor Anis H. Bajrektarevic
(Geopolitics of Energy Editorial Member, Chairperson for Intl. Law & Global Pol. Studies
& University of Applied Sciences in Krems, Austria)

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Note: This article is an excerpt from the key-note address: ‘Future of the EURO-MED and OSCE’ to be presented at the Crans Montana Forum, in March 2013 in Paris, France

Let’s get Sy(i)ria-ous: Where is the counter-narrative?

The MENA theatre is situated in one of the most fascinating locations of the world. It actually represents (along with the Balkans-Caucasus) the only existing land corridor that connects three continents. It also holds over a half of the world’s proven oil-gas reserves (56% – oil, 48% – gas). Further on, the Gulf OPEC states and Libya have –by far– the lowest costs of oil extraction thanks to the high crude ‘purity’ (measured by overall properties such as a state of aggregation, excavation gravity, viscosity, weight, degree of sulfuric and other contaminants) which is simplifying and cheapening the refinement process.

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