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.
Launcher policy in Europe: from symbol to the market? Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 11, June 2012
Launcher policy will be one of the major issues discussed at the upcoming ESA Council at Ministerial Level. Europe is at the crossroads, as it needs to find the adequate balance between political necessities (ensuring an autonomous access to space) and economic realities (reducing costs).
With its draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities, the European Union became visible in the debate on space security. This paper analyses this development, drawing on theoretical concepts in the scholarly debate about the ‘actorness" of the EU. The EU can indeed be considered as an...
2012, a turning point for Europe in space Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 9, February 2012
In 2012, several crucial decisions lie ahead, most notably at the ESA Ministerial Council next fall and regarding the status of space within the next MFF of the EU. These will reveal the degree of political will to pursue an ambitious ESP in times of economic and financial constraint.
For the third year in a row, the Paris-based French Institute of International Relations (IFRI), and the Secure World Foundation (SWF) joined together to organise their annual space conference. The event took place in Brussels on 13 September 2011, under the banner "European space governance:...
Key Trends in the European Earth Observation Sector Actuelles de l'Ifri, The Europe & Space Series, No. 8, December 2011
An ambitious Earth Observation (EO) policy could bring significant benefits to Europe both regarding the fight against climate change and the competitiveness of its EO industry and service sectors.
Europe is increasingly considering space as a useful tool to support Civil Protection (CP). Through a demand-driven approach, it intends to create new services tailored to the needs of the CP community.
European Space Governance: The Outlook A conference organized by Ifri and the Secure World Foundation, Brussels, 13 September 2011
The Ifri/SWF conference of 13 September 2011 provided an overview of the evolution of European space governance. It was convened almost two years after the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty and five months after the release of the European Commission (EC) Communication on a future European space...
Political Dimension of Space in: Brünner, Christian/Soucek, Alexander (eds.) Outer Space in Society, Politics and Law. Vienna: SpringerWienNewYork (2011).
Due to the wide number of space applications solving earthly problems in a broad range of issue-areas, space activities have a clear political dimension. In this article, the origins and causes of this increasing political relevance of space after the end of the Cold War are shown. The...
Economic Dimension of Space in: Brünner, Christian/Soucek, Alexander (eds.): Outer Space in Society, Politics and Law. Vienna: SpringerWienNewYork (2011).
Space activities can be justified by a broad array of reasons, ranging from trans-utilitarian components (such as curiosity, discovery, knowledge, fascination, inspiration) to more utilitarian aspects (markets, jobs, communications, mobility, pace-setting technologies, among others). Clearly,...
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...