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Space has become a crucial theme in the main international think tanks’ research activities as it entails important strategic, economic, and technological issues.

Since 2001, Ifri has integrated space in its research, notably by ensuring that the political dimension of scientific and human exploration programs is emphasized, and by supporting reflections on the Code of Conduct for Outter Space Activities.

Today, as part of its research agenda, Ifri mobilizes several of its centers and programs to transversally tackle the theme of space, through three main inputs:

  • the competition of powers, driven by the Sino-American rivalry;
  • critical points related to mastery of space, such as the issue of autonomous access to space or the mega-constellations necessary for the digital revolution;
  • these developments’ challenges for Europe and its status as a space power.

Since the Summer 2020, Ifri has been coordinating a tripartite European Space Governance Initiative, together with two other renowned European think tanks: the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik (DGAP) in Germany and the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Italy.

Claude-France ARNOULD

Special Advisor to the President for European Affairs 

Éric-André MARTIN

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


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By: Ajey LELE

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Thursday 18 June 2009 to Friday 19 June 2009
from Thursday 18 June 2009 10:30 to Friday 19 June 2009 12:30 - Seminars and Round-table Conferences

Thursday June 18th
Welcome and introduction, Laurence Nardon, Head of the Space Policy Program,Ifri and Ray Williamson, Executive Director, SWF

Session 1 : The EU draft Code of...

Thursday 19 December 2002
from 08:00 to 11:00 - Conférences

La première conférence annuelle du programme Espace, organisée avec le Council on Foreign Relations (en anglais).
(Séminaire CFE)

Lire le résumé de cette conférence, en anglais, en format pdf (108k)

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