European Integration and Space Policy. A Growing Security Discourse

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Publication Date 2021
ISBN 9780367349127
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This volume addresses developments in European space policy and its significance for European integration, using discourse theory as a framework.

It seeks to address the developments in European space policy by examining several sensitive security questions linked in general with space activities, on the one hand, and the interplay between space policy and security policy in the European Union (EU) on the other. The book argues that defence and security matters should be studied for a better understanding of space projects in their historical, political, economic, legal and social context.

The volume seeks to answer the following key questions:

  • What can space policy contribute to European identity formation and the integration process?
  • What are the interests of member states/EU institutions in space?
  • How is space policy perceived by European institutions, and how have they been engaged in the policy process to promote activity in space?
  • In which ways is the EU engaged in space, in terms of policy areas, e.g. foreign policy, industrial policy, security and defence policies?
  • What is the impact of institutions on the policy-making process in European space policy?

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction | Thomas Hoerber & Antonella Forganni
  • Part I: Country Perspectives
    • Member States’ engagement in space and security in the framework of European Space Policy | Maarten Adriaensen, Ntorina Antoni & Christina Giannopapa
    • The strategic utilisation of the US in EU space policy discourse | Iraklis Oikonomou
    • Space Based Positioning Navigation and Timing Systems: their place in global politics and geo-political power relations | Sarah Lieberman
  • Part II: European Space Policy
    • Security and the discourse of risk in European space policy | Lorna Ryan
    • European Space Policy Perspectives on Space Traffic Management (STM) | Ntorina Antoni, Christina Giannopapa & Kai-Uwe Schrogl
    • Europe in Space - ESA’s Unique Approach and Vital Contributions in comparison to NASA | Matthea Brandenburg & Thomas Hoerber
  • Part III: World Issues
    • Space colonization Jurisdiction and other legal issues | Antonella Forganni
    • Space, an indispensable dimension to the credibility of EU external action | Pascal Legai
  • Conclusion | Thomas Hoerber & Antonella Forganni
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