In 2014, the Stimson Center's Space Security Project will focus on how a properly crafted international Code of Conduct can enhance U.S. national and economic security and help avoid dangerous confrontations in space. Stimson first proposed the concept of a Code of Conduct for responsible space-faring nations in 2002, working on draft text with the assistance of US experts and nongovernmental organizations in key space-faring nations. Subsequently, the European Union has drafted several iterations of an international Code of Conduct, which has been endorsed in principle by the United States, Japan, Canada, Australia, Ukraine, and other nations. In the fall of 2012, a Group of Governmental experts from fifteen nations, including China and Russia, agreed in principle that a Code of Conduct could be useful - although Beijing and Moscow have yet to agree to the EU's draft language. All major space-faring nations have multiple means to interfere, disable or destroy satellites. A Code of Conduct can strengthen norms for the responsible use of space, while facilitating actions against those who act irresponsibly in this domain. Read more
Research NewsPublication: Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations
In September 2013, the Stimson Center issued a collection of six essays titled "Anti-satellite Weapons, Deterrence and Sino-American Space Relations," which provide a range of viewpoints about cooperation between the U.S. and China in space.
"Some of the essays, mine included, are cautiously optimistic," said Stimson Co-founder and Space Security Project Director Michael Krepon,… Read More »