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Syria crisis highlights deficiencies of Euro-Atlantic security structures

12 September 2013

The international community must overhaul its approach to security to better handle situations such as Syria, former Russia, European and US security officials stated on 12 September.

They concluded that the current approach and the organisations anchored in them are dysfunctional and still too grounded in Cold War structures, undermining mutual trust.

"Syria is a crisis, not just for the Syrian people but for the international community - and if the latter cannot manage this crisis effectively, how can it be expected to manage others?" said Igor Ivanov, Russia's former minister of foreign affairs and now at the Moscow State Institute for International Relations.



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