Strategic Competition for Space Partnerships and Markets


PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, together with her team, contributed an article to the second edition of the Handbook of Space Security by Springer Publishing International. The article, entitled “Strategic Competition for Space Partnerships and Markets”, was recently released (read it here). 

The piece focuses on the Chinese and Russian global space footprints in the economic and financial (E&F) domain. Through the analysis of space-related transactions of both China and Russia, the article argues that their approach to international space partnerships often exposes countries to inordinate dependencies on these authoritarian benefactor(s) – a vulnerability that PSSI terms ‘space sector capture’. It consists of offering package deals of equipment, capabilities, services and financing, creating sore-source supplier relationships and long-term dependencies.

Finally, the article argues that the pace and nature of these international space partnerships concluded by China and Russia present a strategic and competitive challenge for Europe, the U.S. and other allies, including their efforts to shape global space governance. This brand of partnerships also pushes aside standard, market-based transparency, good governance and risk management.

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