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What are the political challenges for a Space development ?

Ifri's Space Program seeks to establish the importance of space as a political subject among policymakers and the general public, to highlight the central role it plays in our societies and economies. It also aims to situate national, regional and international space policies in the broader context of the dynamics currently affecting international relations. Finally, the project seeks to define and illustrate the strategic opportunities of space, to establish and understand its importance in international politics. The Space Program focuses its analyses on Europe, since its ability to cope with the challenges of the 21st century will depend in part on the development of a coherent and ambitious space strategy.

Claude-France ARNOULD

Advisor on european affairs 

Research interests :

  • European Union
  • Defense
  • Space
Éric-André MARTIN

Secretary General of the Study Committee on Franco-German Relations (Cerfa)


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Tuesday 23 April 2013
from 09:00 to 14:15 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

This closed seminar is a collaboration endeavor. A general introduction and two short presentations on legal and political points of view will set the stage for what we hope will be an engaging discussion, under the guidance of an experienced moderator. Each participant will be asked to ...

Tuesday 30 October 2012
from 08:00 to 16:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

On-orbit satellite servicing (OOS) and Active debris removal (ADR) are part of an emerging category of future on-orbit activities that are critical for taking the next leap into our use of Earth orbit. The ability to repair or refuel satellites, construct new satellites in orbit, and even...

Tuesday 13 September 2011
from 09:00 to 16:30 - Ifri Conferences

The conference will provide a snapshot of the current governance of space programs in Europe. The first panel will explore structural issues: the implications of the Lisbon Treaty in terms of policy, the legal context for space activities in Europe and the burning topics of sustainable funding...

Monday 04 October 2010 to Tuesday 05 October 2010
from Monday 4 October 2010 13:30 to Tuesday 5 October 2010 12:30 - Ifri Conferences

As European institutions continue to consider the use of space for security as well as the need for security in space, the United States has known a series of space reviews this past year. To explore these issues and foster an original debate, the Secure World Foundation, newly established in...

Monday 29 March 2010 to Tuesday 30 March 2010
from Monday 29 March 2010 09:00 to Tuesday 30 March 2010 12:30 - External Events

Conference organized in Geneva by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), in collaboration with the Secure World Foundation and The Simons Foundation, with support from the Governments of the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation.

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