Inside Story

Can the Open Skies treaty survive?

Russia is following the US by pulling out of the aerial surveillance pact.

One of the cornerstones of global security since the Cold War is in danger of collapsing.

The Open Skies treaty allows countries to fly aircraft over each other’s territories and monitor military activity.

However, Russia is following the United States by pulling out of the pact. Both nations have accused each other of violations.

Will the decision make the world more dangerous?

And is the pact still relevant today in a world of high-tech surveillance drones?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Pavel Felgenhauer – Russian defence and military analyst

Theresa Fallon – director of the Center for Russia Europe Asia Studies

Matthew Bryza – former director for Europe and Eurasia at the National Security Council and former US diplomat