NATO-Russia Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI)—Time for a Reappraisal?

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NATO defense ministers gather in Brussels, Belgium, June 3, 2014, their first meeting since the crisis in Ukraine and Russia's military occupation and annexation of Crimea. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais–Pool/Getty Images)

European Leadership Network Research Fellow Thomas Frear argues in a recent policy brief that the Cooperative Airspace Initiative (CAI)—suspended in April 2014—contained many mechanisms, including shared civilian and military air traffic control data, that made the shared area a much safer place for civilians. More than 60 members of the ELN’s network have also endorsed this brief. Is it time to reactivate the Cooperative Airspace Initiative?