culturephotoAlexandros Kassidiaris
(Security Analyst, Postgraduate from the Department of War Studies,
King's College London, UK)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 May 2016

'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles' (Sun Tzu, 2012). The importance of thoroughly knowing and understanding the enemy on the battlefield can be summarized in this well-known and diachronic Sun Tzu's quotation. But what are the implications of this 'knowledge' in the contemporary operational theater? Besides the military and tactical capabilities, the significance of other individual key elements cannot be overlooked. One of the prominent elements that fall into this category is the familiarization with the enemy's cultural context. This hypothesis is even more vital when the potential enemy may be hidden among the civilians of a specific population which actually shapes the traditional pattern of insurgencies. ..Read more

hybrid86Octavian Manea
(was a Fulbright Junior Scholar at Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (Syracuse University) where he received an MA in International Relations and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Security Studies).


Copyright: http://smallwarsjournal.com/jrnl/art/the-strategy-of-hybrid-warfare

Publication date on RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) 24 April 2016

Alexander Lanoszka is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. Previously, he was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. He completed his PhD in 2014 at the Department of Politics at Princeton University, focusing his research on international security and international relations theory. He has published "Russian Hybrid Warfare and Extended Deterrence in Central-Eastern Europe" in the January 2016 issue of International Affairs, the Chatham House journal)...Read more

eursec16Jamie Smith
(A decorated former CIA officer, author of Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy (WmMorrow/HarperCollins 2015), former advisor to the Chair of US House Intelligence Terrorism, HUMINT, Analysis, and Counterintelligence Subcommittee, founding Director of Blackwater Security and frequent commentator for FOX News, CNN, MSNBC, and advisor to GRAY | Solutions and holds a doctorate in law).

Copyright: http://www.americanthinker.com - Publication at RIEAS web site (www.rieas.gr) on 16 April 2016

The man captured on airport surveillance video wearing a white jacket and black hat, is unidentified and reportedly on the run. The two jihadist brothers are dead -- killed in the suicide bombings. Radical Najim Laachraoui is also reportedly dead -- and a second unknown who took part in the metro attack is missing. But one day before the Brussels bombings, Belgian police named Laachraoui as a major suspect in the Paris attacks back in November. On top of that, his DNA was found on the suicide vests in Paris, in a Brussels apartment and a house at Auvelais in southern Belgium, which were both used by the Paris bombers before those attacks. Until this week, he had only been known by an alias, Soufiane Kayal, and had rented the Auvelais house using the false name. Read more

transatlanticphotoStathis Katopodis, (M.A.)
(RIEAS Research Associate)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 3 April 2016

Note: A Revision of the paper entitled "The Evolution of Transatlantic Terrorism & the Case of Europe", published by RIEAS on 26 January2014.

One year and a half after the publication of the paper entitled "Evolution of Transatlantic Terrorism & the Case of Europe", on June 29th, 2014, a Jihadist militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL and Daesh proclaimed the establishment of a Caliphate and demanded the recognition of its statehood. Today, ISIS claims territories equal to the size of the United Kingdom mainly in Iraq and Syria, as well as relatively small areas in Libya, Yemen, Algeria and Egypt.... Read more

jmbieuintelJohn M. Nomikos
(RIEAS Director, Editor, Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence)

Copyright: Journal of Mediterranean and Balkan Intelligence (JMBI)- http://www.rieas.gr/intelligence-journal - Publication date: 22/11/2015.

European intelligence cooperation is the most important weapon in the fight against the new threats in the 28 EU member states. The article emphasizes the reasons that make the European Union Intelligence Analysis Centre (INTCEN) move towards an independent operational agency into the EU mechanism. Even though, effective intelligence cooperation is hard to achieve even at the national level as different services compete for resources and attention from the decisions makers, past terrorist incidents in Europe served as a wake up for the European Commission to promote intelligence-sharing and cooperation among EU institutions and Member States. Read more (Article) & (References on EU Intelligence)

cbrne15Briefing – December 2015

Beatrix Immenkamp
(Author, European Parliamentary Research Service – EPRS)

Copyright:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/thinktank/en/document.html?reference=EPRS_BRI(2015)572806 – Republication on RIEAS (www.rieas.gr) on 14 December 2015

The European Union and its Member States must prepare for the possibility of a chemical or biological attack on their territory by the self-styled 'Islamic State' in Iraq and the Levant (known variously as IS, ISIS or ISIL and by the Arabic acronym 'Da'esh'). Since the beginning of October 2015, terrorist attacks in Ankara, the Sinai Peninsula, Beirut, Paris, and Tunis, for which ISIL/Da'esh has claimed responsibility, have cost the lives of 500 people. Immediately following the latest attack in Paris, the jihadist terrorist group threatened further attacks in European cities. Read more

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