natophoto81At the crossroads of informal intelligence sharing and institutional streamlining

Bob de Graaff
(Professor for intelligence and security studies at the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands)

Copyright: Atlantisch Perspectief (Academic Journal (6-2017) - published in the Netherlands. Publication in RIEAS web site ( on 21 January 2018

In public parlance NATO intelligence for a long time seemed to be an oxymoron. And indeed, in spite of inter alia the existence of both a Civilian and a Military Intelligence Committee a civilian Intelligence Unit, a military Intelligence Division, a Situation Center and, since 2003, a Terrorist Threat Intelligence Unit, lack of trust and a common culture among the member states obviated large-scale intelligence sharing. NATO intelligence was more or less US intelligence, in as far as the US was willing to share intelligence with its partners. The appointment of Arndt Freytag von Loringhoven as NATO’s first Assistant Secretary General for Intelligence and Security in late 2016 must have come as a surprise to many and should be a clear sign of the recognition of today’s relevance of intelligence to NATO’s alliance. However, NATO has been involved in (counter) intelligence much longer than often thought. James L. Mader’s Ph.D. dissertation about NATO’s 450th Counterintelligence Detachment in the 1950s, which he defended at the University of Utrecht on November 28, 2017, shows that NATO multilateral (counter ) intelligence cooperation has existed much longer than people often think. Read more

eurosec18Dr Glen Segell
(Research Fellow, Ezri Center for Iran & Persian Gulf Studies, University of Haifa, Israel)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication date: 4 January 2018

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).

“Quo Vadis” or “Where are You Going European Security” is the question because the real threat to European security is the lack of solidarity among Europeans. Europeans are the biggest threat to European Security. This is not a new observation. Europe has a history as a continent at war. When there hasn’t been war there have been periods, even long periods, of non-war but in these there has been little mood that there is true long lasting peace. During these there have stability that has enabled economic development. But the trends and historical cycles of integration and fragmentation are becoming shorter endangering the current state of non war. .. Read more

nss17But will it reverse decades of entrenched indoctrination?

Raymond Ibrahim
(Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007).

Publication on RIEAS web site ( on 23 December 2017

President Trump’s new national security strategy is set to return words relevant to understanding Islamic terrorism—such as “jihad”—that had been expunged from the Intelligence and Defense communities’ lexicon, most notably under the Obama administration. According to the new strategy document, “The primary transnational threats Americans face are from jihadist terrorists and transnational criminal organizations”; the document also vows to “pursue threats to their source, so that jihadist terrorists are stopped before they ever reach our borders.” Read more

politicizedMatthew Crosston (PhD)
(RIEAS Senior Advisor and Vice Chairman of Modern Diplomacy)

Copyright: – Publication date on on 25 November 2017

The current political climate in Washington DC towards the American Intelligence Community (AIC) is perhaps at an all-time low. Not only is there a special prosecutor taking over for a fired FBI Director to investigate the President of the United States, trying to determine if the Commander-in-Chief in fact colluded with a foreign nation to undermine the sanctity of the American electoral system, that same President seems to take every opportunity he can to denigrate, call into question, and heap insults upon the AIC in its entirety...Read more

femaphotoKaren Wharton
(RIEAS Research Associate and Security Analyst)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( Publication date: 21 November 2017


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czechmap71Binoy Kampmark (PhD)
(Commonwealth Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He lectures at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies ( 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).

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