The International Politics of Space

The International Politics of Space

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The year 2007 saw the fiftieth anniversary of the Space Age, which began with the launching of Sputnik by the Soviet Union in October 1957. Space is crucial to the politics of the postmodern world. It has seen competition and cooperation in the past fifty years, and is in danger of becoming a battlefield in the next fifty. The International Politics of Space is the first book to bring these crucial themes together and provide a clear and vital picture of how politically important space has become, and what its exploitation might mean for all our futures. Michael Sheehan analyzes the space programmes of the United States, Russia, China, India and the European Space Agency, and explains how central space has become to issues of war and peace, international law, justice and international development, and cooperation between the worlds leading states. It highlights the significance of China and Indiaa€™s commitment to space, and explains how the theories and concepts we use to describe and explain space are fundamental to the possibility of avoiding conflict in space in the future.... programme 9, 13 European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) 86 European Commission, Green Paper (2003) 89; White Paper on ... ELDO 77-83; and ESA 83-5; and ESRO 73-7; and international security 88-90; space cooperation 72-3; space policy 86-8 Explorer 8, ... Ronald 114 Ford, Gerald 97 France 61, 126, 143; cooperative ventures 61; space programme 61 Gagarin, Yuri 22, 30-1, 48, 49, 50, anbsp;...

Title:The International Politics of Space
Author:Michael Sheehan
Publisher:Routledge - 2007-10-15


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