24 September 2010. ESPI Report 27 summarises the conference discussions on Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures (TCBMs) for space and includes the contributions of eight distinguished experts.



The Report, entitled “Prospects for Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Space”, provides a summary of conference proceedings on this subject as well as the contributions of eight distinguished experts in the field. To help address the prospects for space TCBMs, ESPI co-organised, together with the University of Nebraska (UNL) College of Law’s Space and Telecom Law Program, an international conference on space security and space tourism on 6 - 7 May 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The first day of the conference dedicated to “Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures: Alternative Vehicles to Advance Space Security”, addressed a number of the challenges associated with this increasingly important dimension of space security. Invited speakers and panellists included prominent government officials, ESA representatives, and distinguished academics from Europe and the U.S. 

The discussions, summarised in the first section of the Report by Jana Robinson, ESPI Resident Fellow, focused on potentially relevant “terrestrial” TCBMs for space, as well as different modalities for constructing space security management regime. Included in the Report are several recommendations concerning the most viable ways of establishing incentives and disincentives for space-faring nations to engage in transparency and confidence-building, as well as the need for verification and enforcement measures to deter disruptive actions by both nations and non-state actors that could impede or deny access to, and use of, space. Jana Robinson was also in charge of organizing the workshop on ESPI’s side. 

The written contributions, included in the second section of the Report, were provided by the following distinguished experts in the field of nuclear arms control, non-proliferation, and space security: Erwin Duhamel of the European Space Agency (ESA); Lt. Col. Brandon Hart of U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM); Joshua Hartman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); Prof. Bhupendra Jasani of King’s College London; Jean-Francois Mayence of the Belgian Federal Office for Science Policy, Dr. Peter Hays of the Eisenhower Center for Space and Defense Studies, and Prof. Richard Williamson of the University of Miami.

Conference speakers and contributors to ESPI Report 27 (from left): Peter L. Hays, Darren Huskisson, Lt.Col. Brandon Hart, Richard L. Williamson, Jean Francois Mayence, Jana Robinson, Louis Haeck, Bhupendra Jasani, Joshua T. Hartman, Amb. Richard Butler, Kenneth Hodgkins, Matthew Schaefer and Kai-Uwe Schrogl


ESPI Report 27 is co-edited by the conference co-organisers Jana Robinson and Kai-Uwe Schrogl from ESPI and Matthew Schaefer and Frans von der Dunk from UNL.

ESPI Resident Fellow Jana Robinson with the co-organisers of the conferences,

UNL professors Matthew Schaefer and Frans von der Dunk



- ESPI Report 27: “Prospects for Transparency and Confidence-Building Measures in Space”

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