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Lessons from the MH17 Disaster

Barend ter Haar
Journal11 January 2016

The MH17 disaster makes clear that international peace and security cannot be taken for granted. The widespread support in Ukraine for democratization and rule of law presents Western democracies with a strategic opportunity. They should look beyond their short term interests and develop a long term view on their relations with Ukraine and Russia. They should invest more in international organizations and conflict prevention. Finally: the proliferation of long-range anti-aircraft missiles has to be prevented.

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