9 July 2015. On 26 May, ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti presented ESPI activities and gave a lecture on the future of Europe-China space relations to students at the Italian Society for International Organization in Rome.
The Italian Society for International Organization (SIOI) is an international non-profit organization that has been operating since 1944 under the supervision of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Its institutional aim is to promote knowledge about international policy issues with the view to contributing to a peaceful development of the international community. As part of its mission, SIOI leads several educational programmes, including its Master in Space Institutions and Policies programme. This master is organised on a yearly basis in collaboration with the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Institute of International Juridical Studies –National Centre of Researches (ISGI – CNR). The master is designed to provide institutional and corporate training in the field of space governance and policies with a focus on legal, political, industrial and economic issues related to space activities.
Within this context, ESPI and SIOI have established a fruitful partnership, though which ESPI provides lectures and hosts SIOI students for research internships. Moreover, a joint committee composed by ASI and SIOI representatives selects each year an Italian Resident Fellow at ESPI, appointed for one year, among the students of the Master in Space Institutions and Policies.
Based on this long-standing collaboration, on 26 May ESPI Resident Fellow Marco Aliberti was invited to deliver a presentation on ESPI research activities and to provide a lecture on the topic of the “Future of Europe-China Space Relations: Constraints, Opportunities and Options”, as part of a broader research topic that will be soon published in the Studies in Space Policy book series under the title “When China Goes to the Moon ..”.
After a general overview of the institute, of its publications and ongoing activities, Mr. Aliberti introduced the topic of Europe-China cooperation in space, by highlighting the inherent geopolitical dimension of space activities and by embedding Sino-European space relations within the context of their broader political relationship. Attention was subsequently drawn to the opportunities and challenges at stake for Europe in cooperating with China, and elaboration on the policy alternatives European stakeholders could adopt vis-à-vis China and its space ambitions. The lecture sparked an enthusiastic discussion with the students, which advanced their own ideas and perspectives on this increasingly relevant topic.