Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Opinion: When an act of war might still be an accident

Fri Jul 18 16:08:00 BST 2014

 
A Malaysia Airlines plane on the tarmac

Professor David Galbreath is analysing the developing situation, looking at evidence that the plane was shot down by rebel forces and is exploring the possible consequences for the region and further afield.

 

On 17 July 2014, a Malaysia Airlines flight out of Amsterdam was shot down over the disputed region of Eastern Ukraine. As investigators search for evidence into exactly what happened to bring down the plane, political leaders grapple with the geopolitical fallout and likely ramifications, in particular for the disputed Eastern region of the Ukraine.

Expert in international security, Professor David Galbreath, is analysing the developing situation, looking at evidence that the plane was shot down by rebel forces and is exploring the possible consequences for the region and further afield.

Commenting Professor Galbreath said: "Debates about weapons will be short lived as evidence suggest rebel forces have Buk surface-to-air missile systems capable of carrying out this kind of attack. Debates about the intention, however, will be much harder to determine."

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