Obstacles to International Space Governance

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International space governance is essential to realize benefits that space assets provide. The overall goal of space governance is to ensure the sustainable uses of space for security, economic, civil, and environmental ends. Concomitantly, there are obstacles to space governance that must be overcome to optimize the realization of this goal. Two key obstacles are indentified and discussed in this chapter. One obstacle relates to attaining collective action in relation to the commons of space. A second obstacle concerns that of strategic stability in the space domain and how best to advance strategic assurance for sustainable uses of space as a shared strategic goal.


Collective Action United Nations Space Debris Space Power Orbital Debris 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Astroconsulting International LLCColorado SpringsUSA

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