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The big ideas of 2016: end of the peace dividend

The notion that other countries can implode without consequences for us has been exposed as a fantasy

By Bronwen Maddox   January 2016

Read the rest of Prospect’s big ideas of 2016 here

The terrorist attacks in Paris on 13th November marked the end of what we might call the peace dividend: the 25 years that have followed the end of the Cold War, and the happy reckoning, sliding into complacency, that western governments could afford to spend less on defence and to think a little less about threats to their societies.

It wasn’t just Paris that’s smashed it, of course. The millions of refugees streaming towards the European Union’s borders…

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