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The United States' potential disengagement from the Alliance comes just as relations between NATO and Russia have reached an all-time low.With both sides expanding their military activities significantly, Europe needs bold new ideas about how to manage possible future confrontations.FreshFocusing on managing military-military incidents in real time would require rigorous communication protocols and behavioral regulations for all relevant countries' armed forces. When existing bilateral mechanisms are not applicable, allies operating under NATO operational command, or partner countries operating under the command of a NATO ally, should adopt – and ensure adherence to – the new risk-reduction protocols. Meanwhile, current bilateral agreements should be modernized to reflect new military realities, and then strictly observed by all parties.It will be crucial for these interactions to be arranged not only between NATO and Russia, but also between military and civilian air traffic controllers on each side.
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