EUROPEAN SPACE POLICY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

2022-7
TONGA, ZEYNEP
This study aims to analyse the motivations of the European Union in developing its Space Policy mainly in the Post-Cold War Period. In this context, the European Space Policy has been studied in terms of its civilian and military aspects. The thesis also analyses the history of the space race between the USA and the USSR during the Cold War Period in order to clarify the historical context of the EU’s space policy. Furthermore, the thesis also compares and contrasts the contemporary space policies of the USA, the Russian Federation and the People’s Republic of China in order to elaborate on the current global context of European Union’s Space Policy. Contrary to the views of some scholars who argue that the EU’s space policy is being developed for exclusively peaceful and civilian purposes, the thesis argues that the EU’s Space Policy promotes military and strategic goals of the EU in order to contribute to the EU’s security concerns as well as promoting peaceful and civilian objectives. The thesis has 5 chapters: Chapter 1 is Introduction, Chapter 2 is Historical Background, Chapter 3 is European Space Policy, Chapter 4 is Space Policies of the USA, the Russia and the China, and Chapter 5 is Conclusion.

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Citation Formats
Z. TONGA, “EUROPEAN SPACE POLICY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.