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.
Last December, the European Union adopted a draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities. This signals an important change of strategy in the field of space security.
In collaboration with IFRI, the Paris-based Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS), as well as the Berlin-based Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) joined in the drafting of a policy-memorandum on Franco-German space cooperation. This...
This paper was presented at the Conference “Improving Our Vision II: Building Transparency and Cooperation,” organized in London by the Center for Defense Information (CDI) and the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies of the U.S. Air Force Academy on October 25-26, 2007....
In the wake of the Chinese asat tests of the Summer of 06 and of January 07, should the U.S. and Europe develop a new attitude regarding weapons in space? This new Ifri policy paper on space weaponization was written with the support of the Centre d'Analyse et de Prévision (C.A.P.) of the...
This Working Paper was written as a presentation for an Expert Meeting on "Space Situational Awareness for Europe", organized by the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) in Vienna, on september 6th, 2007.
Cold War Space Policy and Observation Satellites Article in Astropolitics, Routledge, volume 5, n°1, pp. 29-62, January-April 2007.
Constellations of observation satellites resemble the 'Panopticon' system imagined by British philosopher Jeremy Bentham in his 18th century project for an ideal jailhouse - a system that Michel Foucault analyzed in Discipline and Punish (1975). Just as the warden in the central tower watches...
This is the introduction to a special issue of Politique étrangère on Space as "a new field of strategic thinking". Authors from America, Russia, Brussels and France explore recent evolutions in military choices and in the governance of space.