Sunday, July 27, 2014

Eurasian Economic Union as a global catalyst, by Ioannis Michaletos

Note to readers: From time to time R.I.M.S.E. presents articles of a wider and strategic interest of security affairs not solemny related to the main theme of "Southeastern European radical Islam".

In order to portray and enlighten around the wider geopolitical trends that eventually reflect on every aspect of the contemporary regional security sphere. 

In a December 2012 article the theme of the so-called "Eurasian Union" was touched upon, based on the trends ahead and the importance of Ukraine as a main factor and point of interest. (Link: 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza, by David Andrew Weinberg and Jonathan Schanzer

With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory. U.S. and Israeli media are now reporting that the White House may be looking to Qatar and Turkey to help negotiate an end to the hostilities. Qatar, in fact, held a high-profile cease-fire summit in Doha on Sunday that included Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the Norwegian foreign minister, and Hamas leader Khaled Meshal.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Palestinian Suffering Used to Demonize Israel, by Efraim Karsh

No sooner had Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to stop the sustained rocket and missile attacks on its civilian population by the Gaza-based Hamas terror organization than it came under a barrage of international criticism, with tens of thousands of violent demonstrators flocking into the streets of London, Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Sydney, Buenos Aires and New York, among other places, to demand an end to the "Gaza slaughter."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Η Νέο-τρομοκρατία στη Ελλάδα, του Ιωάννη Μιχαλέτου

Η εξάρθρωση ως επί το πλείστον της τρομοκρατικής οργάνωσης 17 Ν, δεν επέφερε το τέλος της τρομοκρατίας στην Ελλάδα, εν αντιθέσει νέες ομάδες εμφανίστηκαν που εν πολλοίς αποτελούν παραφυάδες του ευρύτερου συστήματος υποστήριξης της 17 Ν αλλά και της οργάνωσης Ε.Λ.Α. 

Τα χαρακτηριστικά στοιχεία όμως αυτών των ομάδων της τελευταίας δεκαετίας, είναι σαφέστατα διακριτά σε σύγκριση με την περίοδο 1973-2003.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Islamic Radicalism in the Balkans, by Giovanni Giacalone

Measures in the Balkans against foreign fighters
In the first half of 2014 Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina and FYROM have all approved a legal framework to sanction citizens that take part in foreign wars, such as the one in Syria and Iraq, intending to discourage participation and prevent returnees from going back to their countries of origins, where they could pose a serious threat to public security. [1]

Western 'Jihadists' Trekking to Syria, Iraq Pose New Terror Threat, by Thomas K. Grose

When a 13-minute-long recruitment video for one of the largest Islamic terrorist groups fighting in Syria and Iraq popped up on the Internet two weeks ago, it underscored an alarming fact: nearly 500 Britons – mainly young men – have traveled to the two war-torn countries to fight as jihadists. The video featured two young men from Wales and one from Scotland urging other Western Muslims to join them in the “holy war.”

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Ο "Πράσινος Διάδρομος", του Ιωάννη Μιχαλέτου

Συνοπτική αναφορά περί του "Πράσινου Διαδρόμου" στα Βαλκάνια

Ο όρος "Πράσινος Διάδρομος" είναι μια υπόθεση εργασίας που βασίζεται όμως σε ουκ ολίγα εμπειρικά στοιχεία και απτές ενδείξεις, περί της πολύχρονης προσπάθειας Ισλαμιστικών κύκλων να εγκαθιδρύσουν μια Ντε Φάκτο ζώνη ελέγχου-επιρροής που θα επεκτείνεται από την Κωνσταντινούπολη έως τη Βιέννη, διαμέσου των Βαλκανικών κρατών.