Case 272 - The Air Traffic Control Initiative: A Case Study in United States Decision-Making and U.S.-China Relations
Butler Jr., Robert J. and Rusty E. Shughart
Ever since the Nixon administration, the United States has pursued a policy of engagement with the People’s Republic of China. The Clinton administration focused its China policy on constructive engagement through new bilateral initiatives, like the Joint Defense Conversion Commission. As this case study explains, beginning in 1994, the JDCC discussion of air traffic control issues fostered joint civil-military engagement between the two nations. The authors then review specific lessons learned and offer recommendations for managing a bilateral dialogue on ATC matters.