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Dr. Moltz Publishes Chapter on Asian Space Rivalry and Cooperative Institutions

By Dr. Clay Moltz
November 20, 2016

Dr. Clay Moltz has a chapter, titled “Asian Space Rivalry and Cooperative Institutions: Mind the Gap,” in the new book, Asian Designs: Governance in the Contemporary World Order, published by published by Cornell University Press.

With the rapid growth of interest in space activity within Asia, this study examines the prospects for increasing international cooperation. After discussing relevant conceptual issues, it surveys the space policies particularly of China, India, and Japan and examines the historical, technological, and political factors that have impeded space collaboration to date. It then examines the largely competitive roots of the two main regional space organizations: the Chinese-led Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) and the Japanese-led Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF). Dr. Moltz concludes that, despite the rising threat of regional conflict over space, a highly competitive and under-institutionalized environment can be expected in the future, unless new openness, reduced tensions, or the emergence of shared threats (such as orbital debris) change current nationalist approaches to space.

To read more about the book, click here.

 


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