Why the chances of conflict in outer space are going up

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U.S. President Trump’s desire to create a Space Force—a new military branch focused solely on outer space operations—has drawn public attention to the prospects of warfare in a domain that has been used only for peaceful and passive purposes. Despite the provocative name, the proposed mission would in many ways be mundane: the command and control of spacecraft rather than …

We are ready for 2019

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As 2018 ends, you may feel disheartened by the state of global security. Multiple, overlapping crises—some brewing, others already manifest—seem to outpace the international community’s capacity to respond effectively. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 4 Winter 2018 by Cesar Jaramillo The world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history. According to figures from the UN …

A call for leadership: New report details security concerns in outer space

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November 6, 2018 Key findings of a new report point to deteriorating security conditions in outer space in the absence of renewed governance efforts. Space Security Index 2018 tracks developments under 18 indicators related to four aspects of the security of outer space: environmental sustainability, access to and use of space, technologies for space security, and space governance. Project manager …

An arms race in outer space? New report raises alarm

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November 6, 2018 A new report on the security of outer space warns that an arms race is looming if we do not constrain conflict and the use of force in outer space. Space Security Index 2018 tracks developments and activities in 2017 related to four indicators of the security of outer space – environmental sustainability, access to and use …

The Right to Peace: Space Security

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The theme for the 2018 International Day of Peace (Friday, Sept. 21) is The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70.  The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on Dec. 10, 1948, to recognize “the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race.” …

Outer space: Crowded, congested, and contested

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Over the past two decades, outer space has seen significant changes. To use the most clichéd phrase, space has become even more crowded, congested, and contested. But like many clichés, it is also true. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 3 Autumn 2018 by Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan New players A domain that was once dominated by the two Cold …

Uncharted territory in outer space

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For most of us, outer space is not a topic of regular conversation. It seems to be physically removed from our everyday experiences, a distant place that we imagine to be cold and barren or the stuff of fantastic fiction. Published in The Ploughshares Monitor Volume 39 Issue 2 Summer 2018 by Jessica West This distance is an illusion. We on Earth …

Trump just announced the creation of a Space Force. Should we be concerned?

Jessica West Featured, News, Space Security

On Monday, U.S. President Trump was due to sign Space Policy Directive-3 on space traffic management. This was exciting to those of us who work on space governance, if not to many others. Then Trump announced that he would create a Space Force – a new branch of the U.S. military – and pointed to the chairman of the Joint …

Project Ploughshares: Our 2018 Plan

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Last year was remarkably active for virtually all Project Ploughshares program areas—and 2018 is turning out to be at least as busy. From unscrupulous arms transfers that fuel human rights violations to troubling forced migration patterns that continue to test the international community’s ability to respond, from efforts to proactively regulate the development and deployment of autonomous weapons systems to …

America first: What the U.S. National Security Strategy means for arms control in outer space

Jessica West Featured, News, Space Security

The new U.S. National Security Strategy promises to put America first, raising critical questions about the future of alliances and economic partnerships, as well as about how the international community will handle challenges such as climate change that require concerted cooperation. Perhaps more troubling are the implications for arms control in a strategy that emphasizes “peace through strength.” In particular, …