The Oxford Handbook of Space Security (Oxford Handbooks) (Hardcover)

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The Oxford Handbook of Space Security (Oxford Handbooks) (Hardcover)


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Space security is a complex assemblage of societal risks and benefits that result from space-based capabilities and is currently in a period of transformation as innovative processes are rapidly changing the underlying assumptions about stability in the space domain. New space-based technologies are emerging at an accelerating rate, and both established and emerging states are actively and openly pursuing weapons to negate other states' space capabilities. Many states have set up dedicated military space units in order to preemptively counter such threats. In addition, a number of major private companies with a transnational presence are also investing heavily in extraterrestrially-based technology.

The Oxford Handbook of Space Security focuses on the interaction between space technology and international and national security processes from an international relations (IR) theory perspective. Saadia M. Pekkanen and P.J. Blount have gathered a group of key scholars who bring a range of analytical and theoretical IR perspectives to assessing space security. The volume theorizes the development and governance of space security and analyzes the specific pressure points currently challenging that regime. Further, it builds an analytically-eclectic understanding of space security, infused with the theory and practice of IR and advances analysis of key states and regions as well as specific capabilities. Space security is currently in a period of great transition as new technologies are emerging and states openly pursue counterspace capabilities. Bringing together scholarship from a group of leading experts, this volume explains how these contemporary changes will affect future security in, from, and through space.

Applying lessons from international relations theory and practice and drawing from a range of social science subfields, the Handbook is a definitive work for scholars who study the topic of space security.
Saadia M. Pekkanen is the Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowed Professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. In addition to this appointment in The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, she is Adjunct Professor in the Department of Political Science and Adjunct Professor at the School of Law, where she also teaches courses. She is a member of the International Institute of Space Law. At the University of Washington, she is the founding director of the Qualitative Multi-Method Program (QUAL), and the founding director of the Space Law, Data and Policy Program (SPACE LDP). P.J. Blount is a Lecturer in Law in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University. He is the author of Reprogramming the World: Cyberspace and the Geography of Global Order (2019), an editor of the Proceedings of the International Institute of Space Law, and, formerly, the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Space Law. He currently serves as the Executive Secretary of the International Institute of Space Law and is a licensed attorney with the State Bar of Georgia.
Product Details ISBN: 9780197582671
ISBN-10: 0197582672
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: March 12th, 2024
Pages: 904
Language: English
Series: Oxford Handbooks