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.
CFE reports annually on the evolution of U.S. space export controls. The strictness of these regulations complicates business for satellite and launcher providers in the U.S. and elsewhere. However, Congress refuses to loosen them....
Europeans in Space: the Interactions between the Conduct of Space Programmes and the European Process Note de l'Ifri, September 2005
This report explores the interactions between the conduct of space exploration programs by Europeans and the European Union building process. It stems from a cooperation between Ifri and the European Space Agency (ESA).
A current policy of the U.S. governement is to try and reinforce space cooperation with India. All concerned programs and projects are science-related. Although not enthousiastic, Nasa tries to make the best of the situation. The Indian space community favors a pragmatic approach to these...
Human Space Exploration: National Interests and the Global Exploration Enterprise Article, December 2004
Article presented during the 9th Annual International Symposium of the International Space University (ISU).
Can the JSF industrial cooperation model be applied to space exploration programs?
One of the key missions of the CFE's Space Program is to study and analyze the evolutions of U.S. space policy. While most of the resulting papers are intended for the program's partners, a few of them are also published, such as this report on "U.S. Perceptions of the Chinese Space Effort"....
One of CFE's most original goals is to present the French and European public with the wide range of political philosophies that thrive on the other side of the Atlantic. Amongst these opinions, the free market libertarian tenets - a radical and limited fringe of the political right - are...
Shoulder-fired Missiles and Civil Aviation: The U.S. Response to a "New" Terrorist Threat Editorial Ifri, French Center on the United States, Ifri, November 2003
Analysts for the Congressional Research Center (CRS), Christopher Bolkcom and Bartholomew Elias describe the threat caused by shoulder-fired missiles to civilian aircraft. This new terrorist weapon causes growing concern in the U.S., where several mitigation...
Space Observation for the Environment: Europe's Ambitions after the Washington Summit Editorial, French Center on the United States, Ifri, November, 14, 2003
After the Earth Observation Summit in Washington (July 2003), Gérard Brachet in this report describes the growing responsibilities of the European Union and invites France to continue to play a major role in Space observation for the environment.