Fallout from China’s Anti-Satellite Test

Tasneem Jamal

Author Jessica West The Ploughshares Monitor Spring 2007 Volume 28 Issue 1 On 11 January 2007 China launched a ballistic missile at one of its own aging weather satellites, intercepting and destroying it. This is the first openly conducted anti-satellite (ASAT) test since 1985, making China the third country to successfully shoot a target in space. In the context of China’s …

Chinese Anti-Satellite Test

Tasneem Jamal

Media Release: 23 January 2007 The Space Security Index 2006 provides important background information on the recent Chinese destruction of one of its own satellites. The SSI is a fact-based annual assessment by international experts on developments in space. It works from a definition of space security as “sustainable access to and use of space and freedom from space-based threats.” …

US National Space Policy: Weaponizing Space?

Tasneem Jamal

Author Jessica West The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2006 Volume 27 Issue 4 October 4-10 marked World Space Week, designated by the United Nations General Assembly “for the yearly celebration at the international level of the contribution that space science and technology can make to the betterment of the human condition,” with the objective of “increasing awareness among decision makers and civil …

Update on Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space

Tasneem Jamal

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 …

Space Security 2006

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2006 Volume 27 Issue 3 For the full Space Security 2006 report, click here. Space Security 2006, the third annual report of the Space Security Index project, was published in July 2006. The report is the product of Spacesecurity.org, a research consortium that includes the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, the International Security …

A Report on the UN First Committee on Disarmament and International Security

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Authors Sarah Estabooks and Lynne Griffiths-Fulton The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2005 Volume 26 Issue 4 The First Committee of the UN General Assembly on Disarmament and International Security meets every year for four or five weeks in October, after the United Nations General Assembly General Debate. Here we provide updates on debates and decisions regarding nuclear weapons, space security and …

A Space Weapons Ban: Laying the Foundation

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2004 Volume 25 Issue 3  In the spring election campaign, and more recently in debates about potential participation in the US ballistic missile defence system, Paul Martin stated repeatedly that Canada is opposed to the weaponization of space. But how does this seemingly entrenched policy play out in practical terms? What is Canada doing …

Canada’s Weakening Commitment to a Prohibition on Weapons in Space

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 04-1 Author Ernie Regehr Also available in PDF (click on attachment below)             The US fiscal year 2005 budget request that President Bush has now sent to Congress upgrades the Missile Defense Agency’s commitment to pursuing a space-based element to ballistic missile defence (BMD). At the same time, Canadian Defence Minister David Pratt’s recent letter …

Canada and Ballistic Missile Defence

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Author Ernie Regehr The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2003 Volume 24 Issue 2 A version of this report was presented to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade in June 2003. BMD and the responsibility to protect The appeal of ballistic missile defence (BMD) is obvious. What responsible government would not want to shield its people from attack by nuclear-armed …

Preventing the Weaponization of Space: Options for moving forward

Tasneem Jamal

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 …