19 May 2011. ESPI was invited to present its latest research results in the field of space security at an international workshop held at the Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson was invited to make a presentation to an International Workshop on Space Policies and Laws co-organised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Policy and Managemen (IPM) and the Secure World Foundation (SWF). The principal goal of the workshop was to exchange views with senior Chinese officials on the most urgent issues shaping space policy, including space law and space sustainability. It was also designed to catalyse a greater understanding of the development of these issues in China, the U.S., India and Europe. Jana Robinson introduced a number of challenges connected with space sustainability (paper available here). Existing proposals were also examined as well as possible modalities to advance space security, especially through creative, space-oriented transparency and confidence-building measures (TCBMs).
Speakers at the workshop were space experts from Europe, the U.S., China, Japan and India, including Ray Williamson, Executive Director of the Secure World Foundation and his colleague Ben Baseley-Walker. Other participants included, Mu Rongping, Director-General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Policy and Management, Wu Ji, Director-General of the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Center for Space Science and Applied Research, Xu Yu, Director of Department of Treaty and Law at China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xu Yansong from the Asia Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), Rajaram Nagappa, Programme Head at the International Strategic and Security Studies Programme of the National Institute of Advanced Studies and former Associate Director of the the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, ISRO, Kazuto Suzuki, Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Public Policy School of Hokkaido University, and Hirotaka Watanabe from Osaka University’s Graduate School of Law and Politics.