We cannot turn a blind eye to the weaponization of space

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The many challenges facing the outer space domain can be generally grouped into two broad categories. On the one hand, there are those related to the risks that result from normal peaceful space operations, such us unintentional interference with space assets. On the other, there are clear risks associated with a potential arms race in outer space. While there is …

Outer space

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Global commons or a wild frontier—open for competitive exploitation, profit and resettlement? Author Jessica West Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 37 Issue 1 Spring 2016 Technology has “opened up a new world of outer space—a celestial world filled with both bewildering problems and dazzling promise. This is, indeed, a moment for honest appraisal and historic decision.” U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower UN …

Limited rules of engagement: Even if the Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities is adopted, a significant void will remain

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Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 The draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities proposed by the European Union is currently undergoing international consultations and is expected to be open for signatures in 2012. If adopted, the Code will establish a set of voluntary confidence-building measures aimed at increasing transparency and responsible behaviour …

Back to the Future: The Outer Space Treaty Turns 40

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Author Jessica West The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2007 Volume 28 Issue 3 Renewed interest in outer space has been sparked by the Chinese anti-satellite test on 11 January 2007, negotiations to deploy elements of the US Ballistic Missile Defense System in Poland and the Czech Republic, a new US National Space Policy, and calls within Canada for a new space strategy …

Update on Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space

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Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2006 Volume 27 Issue 3 The foremost measure intended to address current gaps in the treaties relevant to space security is the “Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space” (PAROS) resolution of the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee. In the past, PAROS has experienced near-unanimous support among UN members, but in recent …

The Myths of Missile Defence

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Author Ernie Regehr Published by The Globe and Mail online This piece was submitted in response to The Globe and Mail editorial, “Missile-defence myths” of August 27, 2004 In “Missile-defence myths” (Aug. 27/04) the Globe and Mail dismisses warnings of the negative strategic and space implications of ballistic missile defence (BMD) as “nonsense,” argues that arms races and the spread …

Preventing the Weaponization of Space: Options for moving forward

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Briefing 03-3 Author Sarah Estabrooks Click here for PDF version We are currently standing at a crossroads in the development of outer space. First called for by US President Eisenhower in 1958, the principle that space would be used for peaceful purposes has been accepted for nearly 50 years. Although the term “peaceful purposes” was never clearly defined, it was accepted …