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Greece and the Migrant Crisis: The Threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters - Potential Islamic State ISIS Operative Transit and Recruitment Opportunities, EU and NATO Coordination in Processing Migrants

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CONTENTS

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Greece and the Migrant Crisis: The Threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE ISLAMIC STATE AND THE EUROPEAN MIGRANT CRISIS: TERRORISM AND ORGANIZED CRIME CONVERGENCE

III. GREECE AND THE MIGRANT CRISIS

IV. THE MIGRATION CRISIS IN GREECE: THE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EU

V. NATO, THE GREEK MIGRANT CRISIS AND FOREIGN TERRORIST FIGHTERS

VI. CONCLUSION

2018 U.S. Intelligence Community Worldwide Threat Assessment

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Greece and the Migrant Crisis: The Threat of Foreign Terrorist Fighters

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Lieutenant, United States Navy

BS, United States Naval Academy, 2011

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June 2018

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ABSTRACT

Since the June 2014 establishment of the "caliphate" by the Islamic State, there has been an alarming increase in the number of terrorist attacks in Europe. Concurrently, wave after wave of migrants from war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan have landed on Greek shores—and the shores of other southern European countries—in search of safety and freedom. Could the increased number of migrants entering Europe have any correlation to the greater incidence of terrorist attacks in Europe? This thesis considers the effects of the Islamic State sending trained operatives, including foreign terrorist fighters, into Europe through Greece disguised as migrants. This thesis also explores the impacts of the migrant crisis on the Greek government and society. Further, it analyzes the security implications for the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). This thesis concludes that if Greece, the EU, and NATO policies remain unrevised, the migrant crisis will continue to present grave challenges, including transit and recruitment opportunities for terrorist operatives in Europe. This thesis recommends greater EU and NATO coordination in receiving, hosting, processing, and identifying migrants entering Europe, notably via Greece.

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I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE ISLAMIC STATE AND THE EUROPEAN MIGRANT CRISIS: TERRORISM AND ORGANIZED CRIME CONVERGENCE

III. GREECE AND THE MIGRANT CRISIS

IV. THE MIGRATION CRISIS IN GREECE: THE SECURITY IMPLICATIONS FOR THE EU

V. NATO, THE GREEK MIGRANT CRISIS AND FOREIGN TERRORIST FIGHTERS

VI. CONCLUSION


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