Episode 39: Space Sector Capture: How to Make Allies and Influence States

Does a state's power on Earth translates into influence in orbit – and vice versa?

Dr Jana Robinson, the Managing Director of the Prague Security Studies Institute, presents her research on what she calls the "ground-based space race", where authoritarian states fund parts of the space economy in third countries to gain influence and shape their voting decisions. This is especially important as norms and values are still being discussed within the UN. We discuss these economic and financial threats and how they further shape values and norms in space. Finally, we talk about the soft power element of space - what does the post-ISS (International Space Station) future hold, after the current space station has been decommissioned after 2030?

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Juliana Suess

Research Fellow, Space Security

Military Sciences

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