US-Japan-Asia Space Security Relations, 10:30-12:00 ET, Washington DC
07-Dec-2012 through 07-Dec-2012
The East-West Center in Washington, DC will host a discussion on US-Japan-Asia Space Security Relations: Strategic Imperatives for Cooperation, on December 7, 2012 from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Center -- 1819 L Street, NW, Washington, DC. The event features Ms Crystal Pryor, Visiting Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, and James Clay Moltz, Naval Postgraduate School. RSVP by December 6 at http://www.eastwestcenter.
US-Japan-Asia Space Security Relations: Strategic Imperatives for Cooperation
Ms. Crystal Pryor
Visiting Fellow, East-West Center in Washington
Department of Political Science, University of Washington
James Clay Moltz (Discussant)
Professor, Department of National Security Affairs & the Space Systems Academic Group,Naval Postgraduate School
Over the past two decades, countries around the globe have become increasingly dependent on outer space for civil, military, and commercial purposes. Yet recent events in space have threatened its peaceful use, including provocative satellite shootings and the ever-growing threat of space debris. Moreover, new entrants to the once-exclusive group of space-faring nations present a challenge to existing space powers, bringing divergent views about the appropriate use of space.
Ms. Pryor will argue that Japan-as the United States' primary security partner in the Pacific, a top collaborator in space technology, and a significant space power in in its own right-has a unique opportunity to work together with the US to protect the global commons of space. This opportunity is enhanced by the recent revisions in Japan's legal and government-level approaches to space, industry's growing interest in space technology, and the United States' recent "pivot to Asia." Japan, if it can seize the strategic initiative, can play a key role in space security relations in the region. If Japan doesn't clarify its space strategy soon, however, it may be passed over for countries with a more cohesive understanding of the role space plays in their national security policy.
Friday, December 7
East-West Center in Washington
To RSVP, please click here: http://www.eastwestcenter.
Ms. Crystal Pryor is a 2012 Japan Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She holds MA's in Political Science from both the University of Tokyo and the University of Washington, and a BA in International Relations from Brown University. Her previous policy experience includes work at a think tank affiliated with a major Japanese political party and at the US Embassy in Tokyo.