Under Stress: Space Security in 2017

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The annual assessment of the security of outer space released at the United Nations last week warns of mounting stress from a combination of rapid technology change and geopolitical tensions.  Space Security Index 2017 tracks developments and activities related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space …

Outer Space Security: Statement to the 72nd Session of the UNGA First Committee

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Chair, Today is an auspicious day to address this Committee on the security of outer space. On this very date, October 10th, the Outer Space Treaty—the bedrock of international space law—entered into force exactly 50 years ago. Outer space now provides vast social, scientific and economic benefits to humanity. But the sustainability of this critical domain also faces critical challenges. …

Outer space: The latest security assessment

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For a small but increasing number of states, space services provide the capability to deploy military personnel globally and apply force more efficiently and effectively. Increasingly, these states view space as a sphere to be dominated and defended. Space is not insulated from conflict on Earth, and it can unpredictably escalate crises on the ground or be the spark that …

Behind the scenes: Space Security Index

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In early May, Project Ploughshares, in cooperation with the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill University and our partners on the Space Security Index (SSI) project, hosted the 14th annual Space Security Working Group (SSWG) meeting in Montreal. SSI aims to serve as a source of accurate information and current analysis on human activities in outer space. We …

The Outer Space Treaty at 50

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Join us for a conversation about the future of outer space governance as the Outer Space Treaty faces the next generation of challenges. Presented by the Space Security Index. When: 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Where: Best Western Ville-Marie, Mont Royal I (20th floor) 3407 Rue Peel, Montreal Featuring: David Kendall Chair of UN COPUOS (Canada) Ambassador (Ret’d) …

Q&A: In conversation with Ambassador Paul Meyer

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January 27, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Outer Space Treaty (OST), one of the most successful international treaties ever concluded. Negotiated in an era of intense military competition sparked by the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Treaty created a legal framework for the governance of outer space, based on the principle that space is …

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 …

Tracking space security: Are we ready to go live?

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The Canadian government sponsored a First Committee side event on 18 October in cooperation with the Space Security Index (SSI), titled “Tracking Space Security: Are We Ready to Go ‘Live’?” The event featured the release of the latest SSI report, Space Security Index 2016, which tracks annual developments and long-term trends related to the security of outer pace, and provided …

A Remarkable Year

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What a year. As Project Ploughshares marked four decades of continuous work in 2016, we witnessed often convoluted global developments that affected virtually all areas of our work on international peace and security. And we have been busy. Not only striving to produce evidence-based research, but communicating the policy implications of such research to a wide range of stakeholders—in and …

News Release: Ready for crisis in outer space?

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An annual assessment of the security of outer space warns that a crisis is looming if we do not constrain the use of force in outer space. Space Security Index 2016 tracks developments and activities in 2015 related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space security, …