The International Relations of Outer Space: Changes, Continuities, and Contextualities

Date01 December 2015
Published date01 December 2015
Subject MatterCommentary
Diplomacy and Disarmament Division, Centre for International Politics, Organization
and Disarmament, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New
Delhi, India.
Corresponding author:
Shounak Set, P-64, Natabar Paul Road, Howrah-711105, West Bengal, India.
The International
Relations of Outer
Space: Changes,
Continuities, and
Shounak Set1
The outer space mostly evokes notions and imageries which are
largely limited to either the realms of science and technology or
popular fiction. The paper contends that human activities pertaining
to outer space are driven solely by scientific impulses and hypoth-
esizes that political considerations have shaped and in turn been
shaped by the nature of practices in and arrangements of outer space.
It posits that the human activities in final frontier is subject to the
politics of terra firma and is connected to the relations between and
among states. The article explores these interlinkages with historical
illustrations and compares and contrasts them with emerging trends
to establish the interconnection between international relations and
outer space.
Outer Space, International Relations, militarisation of outer space,
weaponization of outer space, space technology
Jadavpur Journal of
International Relations
19(2) 184–192
2015 Jadavpur University
SAGE Publications
DOI: 10.1177/0973598415627903

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