“Diplomacy: The Missing Ingredient in Space Security”
By Paul Meyer
Senior Fellow in Space and Cyber Security
The Simons Foundation
Simons Papers in Security and Development No. 67/2018
Published by the School for International Studies
Simon Fraser University
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Abstract: "A disturbing trend in the contemporary approaches of states to space security has been the decline in diplomacy and the consideration of diplomatic options to achieve national security goals. The official characterization of outer space as “congested, competitive and contested” has ignored the legacy and potential for “cooperation” in this unique if vulnerable realm. The authority of the foundational Outer Space Treaty of 1967, with its stipulation that space is to be used for “peaceful purposes”, is being eroded by neglect and unilateral assertions that space is a domain for “war-fighting”. The champions of space peace will have to become as active as the exponents of space war if a benign environment for space operations is to be preserved for future generations."
Amb. (Ret) Paul Meyer is Senior Fellow in Space and Cyber Security, The Simons Foundation; Adjunct Professor of International Studies and Fellow in International Security at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada; and Chair, Canadian Pugwash Group.