• Events

    The Strategic Aspects of Space

    19 April 2016. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Sir Martin Sweeting, Founder and Executive Chairman, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 19 April 2016, 12.30-1.30PM BST

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Fostering Cooperation and Non-Weaponisation in Space

    12 November 2015. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2015 Special Session 11
    Chair: Jana Robinson, Space Security Program Director, Prague Security Studies Institute
    Xavier Pasco, Senior Research Fellow, FRS
    Bharath Gopalaswamy,  Director, South Asia Center, Atlantic Council
    Guoyu Wang, Academy Senior Fellow, International Security, Chatham House; Director, Institute of Space Law, Beijing Institute of Technology

  • Strategic Dossiers

    Chapter One: The 1960s

    05 November 2015. 

    The 1960s saw an unprecedented technological competition which fed into the ongoing ideological–industrial race between communism and capitalism. In the Soviet Union a lack of government-level strategic vision of the potential of computers meant that informatics was mainly a tactical tool for use in centralised economic planning, while western European countries managed to harness computers to serve wider societal, developmental and industrial interests.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Feat of Discovery, Feet of Clay

    17 July 2015.  Over the last few days, we’ve been seeing some spectacular images of Pluto and its moons from the New Horizons spacecraft, which made its closest approach on Tuesday after a nine-year trip. Mankind has now conducted missions to all nine planets (although Pluto was controversially reclassified as a ‘dwarf planet’ by the International Astronomical Union in 2006), completing our initial exploration of the solar system. But while the world can...

  • The Military Balance

    Chapter 1, Part II: Military space systems: US ambitions to secure space

    12 February 2015.  Classified efforts
    Ground-based support
    Responses to perceived vulnerabilities

  • Events

    Sustaining the Space Environment

    21 November 2014. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Frank Rose
    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Space and Defense Policy, US
    Arundel House, London
    Friday 21 November 2014

  • Politics and Strategy

    Jeffrey Mazo: Billions and billions

    10 March 2014.  On Sunday night, 9 March, a new 13-part science documentary series on US television was introduced with a video message from President Obama. The first episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, was shown simultaneously on 10 networks in the Fox group and will appear on more than 200 channels in 181 countries. The show is a follow-up to the most successful and influential science documentary series of all time: Carl...

  • Survival

    Conflict Foretold: America and China

    01 October 2013. 

    Competition in key areas such as space and cyber is inevitable and not necessarily malign. But to avoid the relationship becoming self-defeating and tragic, both sides will need to show greater self-awareness.

  • EU Non Proliferation and Disarmament Conference

    Ballistic Missiles & Outer Space: Transparency & Confidence Building

    30 September 2013. 

    EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference 2013 Special Session 2
    Chair: Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-Proliferation and 
    Disarmament, EEAS 
    Carlo Trezza, Chairman Designate, Missile Technology Control Regime 
    Toshiro Ozawa, Ambassador of Japan to the International Organisations in Vienna 
    Dr Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan, Senior Fellow, Observer Research Foundation

  • Military Balance Blog

    James Hackett: Re-examining space

    02 June 2013.  By James Hackett, Editor, The Military Balance France's Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Edouard Guillaud, reminded panellists in the Shangri-La Dialogue’s Third Plenary session that space – which had up until that point had not featured in the discussion of military modernisation – was also an important military domain, much like land, sea, air and cyber.  The Defence and Military Analysis (DMAP) team at the IISS has also been discussing the military benefits of space,  and the...

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