Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks

Asia's Space Race: National Motivations, Regional Rivalries, and International Risks

by James Clay Moltz
     
 

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In contrast to the close cooperation among European states, Asian space activity is characterized by increasing rivalry. If current trends continue, this civilian space competition could become a military race. To better understand the emerging dynamics, James Clay Moltz conducts the first in-depth policy analysis of Asia's fourteen leading space programs, with a

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In contrast to the close cooperation among European states, Asian space activity is characterized by increasing rivalry. If current trends continue, this civilian space competition could become a military race. To better understand the emerging dynamics, James Clay Moltz conducts the first in-depth policy analysis of Asia's fourteen leading space programs, with a special focus on developments in China, Japan, India, and South Korea.

Moltz isolates the domestic motivations driving Asia's space actors, revisiting critical events such as China's 2007 antisatellite weapons test and its three manned flights, Japan's successful Kaguya lunar mission and Kibo module for the International Space Station (ISS), India's completion of its Chandaryaan-1 lunar mission, and South Korea's astronaut visit to the ISS and plans to establish independent space-launch capability. He unpacks these nations' divergent space goals and their tendency to focus on national solutions and self-reliance rather than regionwide cooperation and multilateral initiatives. Moltz concludes with recommendations for improved intra-Asian space cooperation and for regional conflict prevention, making this a key text for international relations scholars. He reviews America's efforts to engage Asia's space programs in joint activities and prospects for future U.S. space leadership, and discusses the relationship between space programs and economic development in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, North Korea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Editorial Reviews

Scott Pace

Clay Moltz's masterful survey of rapidly developing Asian space programs sheds new light on the complex economic, military, and political forces driving them. The significance of Asian space efforts extends beyond immediate technical and scientific achievements and foreshadows the future of international cooperation and competition across the Asia-Pacific region.

Phillip C. Saunders

Asian states are latecomers to space, yet their collective choices will shape the space environment in the twenty-first century. Clay Moltz has written a theoretically informed, comparative book that expertly analyzes the strategic, economic, and domestic factors driving Asian states into space. He highlights the national and regional dynamics that are making space an increasingly 'congested, contested, and competitive environment,' but also identifies common interests and incentives that could support more cooperative outcomes. A must-read for space experts and Asia specialists alike.

Bates Gill

As humankind enters a new and more globalized spacefaring era, many hope outer space can become a commons for cooperation. Yet Asian space powers risk a more divisive and destabilizing prospect: an Asian space race. In this exceptional book, Clay Moltz provides the best read available to describe and explain the remarkably dynamic, increasingly crowded, and troublingly competitive field of Asian civil, commercial, and military space activity and presents a range of well-reasoned policy prescriptions for a stronger and more effective regime for space security among Asian powers and their neighbors, especially the United States.

Foreign Affairs - Andrew J. Nathan

Moltz deftly melds technological expertise with history and political analysis.

Colonel; Air Force Research Institute Book Reviews - Richard B. Van Hook
This articulate, comprehensive book provides illuminating insight into a region on the space-power fast track.
Nonproliferation Review - Joan Johnson-Freese

Asia's Space Race gives readers a succinct overview of a substantial amount of consequential material, especially trends in space...Moltz's book is a must-read for those who need to quickly get smart on the subject of space.

Space Policy - Columba Peoples

...a valuable resource both for readers new to the field of Asian space policy and to those seeking a comparative analysis of individual national programmes.

Proceedings - Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley

...the book should be on the 'must-read' list of senior and mid-level officer education programs...a highly useful primer on the nexus of space technology and geopolitics.

Air Force Research Institute Book Reviews - Col Richard B. Van Hook

This articulate, comprehensive book provides illuminating insight into a region on the space-power fast track.

H-Diplo - James Matray

His thoughtful examination exposes how economic and political competition among Asian nations has released new 'forces that have made space a very different and more complicated environment than it was during the cold war'

Quest - Roger D. Launius

...important analysis, well designed for classroom use and also for general readers.

Survival

This book is unique for telling the story of the race from a comparative perspective.

Booklist

Serious followers of space technology and politics will find his analysis invaluably informative.

Foreign Affairs
Moltz deftly melds technological expertise with history and political analysis.

— Andrew J. Nathan

Proceedings

...the book should be on the 'must-read' list of senior and mid-level officer education programs...a highly useful primer on the nexus of space technology and geopolitics.

— Lieutenant Colonel Brian Hanley, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Air Force Research Institute Book Reviews
This articulate, comprehensive book provides illuminating insight into a region on the space-power fast track.

— Col Richard B. Van Hook, USAF

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231527576
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
01/10/2012
Series:
Contemporary Asia in the World Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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James A. Vedda

Fulfills a serious need for a comparative look at Asian space efforts, especially one that takes into account the viewpoints of Asians as well as western analysts.

Meet the Author

James Clay Moltz holds a joint faculty appointment in the Department of National Security Affairs and in the Space Systems Academic Group at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is the author of The Politics of Space Security: Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests and has served as a consultant to the NASA Ames Research Center.

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