Participation in the Seminar “Order, Counter-Order, Disorder? Regional and Global Security Orders in the Shadow of Sino-American Competition” by Dr. Raúl González Muñoz, Researcher, Spanish Association of Aeronautical and Space Law (AEDAE) “Space Security in a Multipolar World: Diplomacy and Conflict in Orbit” celebrated in the Westpoint Academy of USA.
Space Security in a Multipolar World: Diplomacy and Conflict in Orbit
Dr. Raúl González Muñoz
Researcher, Spanish Association of Aeronautical and Space Law (AEDAE)
Space assets enable access to services such as navigation, communications and imagery which are critical for the defence and security of nations and this criticality is only expected to grow in the near future. This dependency between space assets and security operations makes them a prime target in future warfare scenarios, in which a hypothetical nation may want to reduce its competitors’ capabilities by damaging their space infrastructure. This risk is particularly prevalent due to the rise of “New Space” and the gradual change in global geopolitics towards a multipolar order. This paper seeks to analyse the importance of space in current security affairs and the challenges that nations will face towards the future to maintain access to space and to operate in it.
Keywords: space, security, multipolar world, satellites