Safety in international security: a view point from the practice of accident investigation

Marjolein B. A. van Asselt*

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While security points to a deliberate harming of humans and/or the environment, safety refers to unintended damage. In this view point, I will analyse how the distinction between safety and security matters in the practice of accident investigation and I will argue that the division between the fields is problematic for the assessment of security-related safety risks. Drawing on the case of the our accident investigation into the downing of flight MH17 above Ukraine in 2014, I highlight key dilemmas the Dutch Safety Board dealt with.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-600
Number of pages11
JournalContemporary Security Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Safety
  • security
  • accident investigation
  • security-related safety risks
  • MH17
  • GMOS

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