27 April 2011. ESPI and the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) will convene one of the first transatlantic conferences of its kind dedicated to the multi-faceted field of space security with the participation of high level space policy officials and experts from Europe, the U.S. and Japan on 12 - 14 June 2011 in Prague.
ESPI and PSSI released today the preliminary programme of the conference entitled "Space Security through the Transatlantic Partnership" (available here). The conference panels will discuss such topics as governance of space activities; present and projected threats to unfettered access to, and operations in, space; the security policy dimensions of Space Situational Awareness (SSA); the formulation of transparency and confidence-building measures applicable to space; and space crisis management for the future. These and other issues will be analyzed by a list of distinguished speakers and panellists comprised of senior current and former government officials, non-governmental space policy experts, academics and industry representatives from Europe, the U.S., and Japan. Leading Japanese space officials will provide an Asian perspective on the transatlantic space dialogue as Japan seeks to become more engaged in the global management of these pressing space-related challenges.
Confirmed speakers include: Admiral Dennis C. Blair, former U.S. Director of National Intelligence and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command; Frank A. Rose Deputy Assistant Secretary for Space and Defense Policy, Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, U.S. Department of State; Jeff Kueter, President, George C. Marshall Institute; Scott Pace, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University; Giuseppe Morsillo, Director for Policies, Planning and Control, European Space Agency (ESA); Annalisa Giannella, Director for Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service (EEAS); Frank Asbeck, Principal Advisor, Security and Space Policy, European Commission, DG RELEX; Tomaž Lovrenčič, Director, European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC); Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu, Chairman, UNCOPUOS; and Hirofumi Katase, Deputy Secretary-General, Japan’s Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy in the Cabinet Secretariat.
The conference will mark the first cooperative effort between ESPI and PSSI, a leading Central European non-governmental organization specializing in security policy and studies that was established in early 2002. Part of PSSI’s mission is to explore and showcase cutting-edge issues in the global security portfolio that require near-term discussions and solutions, particularly those relevant to the post-communist space. ESPI’s Jana Robinson served as PSSI’s Director for Development previous to her position at ESPI and helped establish the Institute‘s partner organization in the U.S., PSSI Washington. Accordingly, she possesses considerable experience in transatlantic security relations.
ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson at a previous PSSI conference in 2008 with Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma and other distinguished participants.
The conference will follow up, in part, on ESPI‘s previous work concerning transatlantic cooperation on space security issues, much of it led by Jana Robinson. The work included a conference on “Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (TCBM): Alternative Vehicles to Advance Space Security” co-organized with the University of Nebraska College of Law’s Space and Telecommunications Law Program (webnews available here); two ESPI Reports on TCBMs (ESPI Report 27 and 28); a conference on transatlantic cooperation in space security in June 2010 (webnews available here); and a conference on space sustainability that is to be held in May 2011. The latter two events have been jointly organized with the Eisenhower Center For Space and Defense Studies of the U.S. Air Force Academy.