Half a century after the Apollo 11 moon landing, space continues to be one of the foremost areas of foreign policy expansion and the projection of national capabilities. The UK is not alone in launching an ambitious space strategy: in November 2019, NATO foreign ministers recognised space as a new operational domain for the establishment of international governance and infrastructure. As ‘Global Britain’ becomes a reality, space will increasingly become a key frontier for the UK’s redefinition of its role in the world.
Investment in the space sector inherently develops leadership in areas crucial to the UK’s international standing – innovation in technology and R&D, increased national security capabilities, and the opportunity to export the UK’s expertise in governance through establishing international space infrastructure. In honour of International Women’s Day, the British Foreign Policy Group and the D Group bring together a panel of female defence and security experts in discussing the future of the UK’s space strategy, as well as its implications for the direction of the UK’s foreign policy and future economic growth.
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