Kees van der Pijl is a Dutch political scientist who was Professor Of International Relations at the University Of Sussex.
He is known for his critical approach to globalism and has published a collection of books including Flight MH17, Ukraine and the New Cold War.
On 17 July, 2014, Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down in the midst of the Ukraine conflict.
It was a scheduled passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. All 283 passengers and 15 crew members on board, from ten countries, were killed. The Joint Investigation Team (JIT), made up of investigators from the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium, and Ukraine, concluded in 2016 that the aircraft was shot down by a Buk surface-to-air missile launched from pro-Russian separatist-controlled territory in Ukraine. The missile launcher was later found to have been transported from Russia on the day of the crash, then returned to Russia the following day. The JIT’s findings have led to international legal and diplomatic disputes, with Russia denying any involvement.
This marked the beginning of a new era of confrontation between the East and West, leading to a tense standoff between NATO and Russia.
Kees argues that Ukrainian military shot down the aircraft.
Interestingly, this is the first academic study that dives deep into the Ukrainian unrest and the downing of MH17. It presents an analysis that questions the common Western perspective on these events, highlighting the geopolitical and economic factors that fuel the West’s conflict with Russia, the BRICS countries, and the ongoing battle over the EU’s energy supply.
Using a wide range of sources, including previously unreleased government and NATO documents, Kees dissects all of it, illuminating the forces at work on the international stage.