2020 Asia Pacific Space Diplomacy Dialogue (APSDD)
1 December, 2020
Hawaii: 2:00 PM on December 1, 2020
US East Coast: 7:00 PM on December 1, 2020
Japan: 9:00 AM on December 2, 2020
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About the Asia Pacific Space Diplomacy Dialogue (APSDD)
Cooperation in space is not a choice, it is a given. The emerging salience of space in International Relations offers states the opportunity to evaluate and enhance existing mechanisms for collaboration. The technological leap in space capabilities have provided access to an increasing number of state and non-state actors in the last two decades. As space becomes more congested, it is imperative for all concerned stakeholders to harmonize international and regional policies to ensure that its exploration will promote the greater good of mankind.
The Asia Pacific Space Diplomacy Dialogue (APSDD) aims to broaden the space strategy agenda by highlighting diplomatic engagements that will foster international collaboration. The APSDD moves away from a highly securitized approach to space, instead focusing on issue-based and functional areas of cooperation to arrive at equitable outcomes. Advanced spacefaring nations in the Asia Pacific need to cooperate closely with sub-regional groupings to ensure the continuous, safe and stable use of outer space through international collaboration and rulemaking. With an emphasis on international collaboration that yields practical outcomes, the APSDD will focus on bridging different actors and regions. The APSDD aims to help the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia to arrive at better space-informed policy decisions. Through the formulation of capacity-building initiatives, the APSDD will elevate the existing “Space Solutions for the Pacific Project” in addressing the climate challenge, illegal fishing, telecommunications, global health, and disaster risk reduction using space-based technologies. The rapid integration of space in the respective foreign policy and strategic priorities of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines reveal a growing momentum in Southeast Asia to explore similar opportunities.
This Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) virtual side event will being together experts from the Asia Pacific to assess the progress of the Space Solutions for the Pacific Project and identify potential challenges and opportunities in expanding cooperation. This virtual dialogue will help canvass convergence and divergence, enabling better policy coordination, allocation of resources, and leveraging of comparative advantages.
The emerging salience of space in international relations offers states the opportunity to evaluate and enhance existing mechanisms for collaboration. In the last two decades, the leaps in space technology have provided space access to an increasing number of actors. As space becomes more congested, all concerned stakeholders must harmonize international and regional policies to ensure that its exploration will promote the greater good of humankind.
Target Objectives and Expected Outcomes
Despite the current global impasse on space cooperation at the global level, regional collaboration between smaller states is emerging in the Indo-Pacific. There is growing momentum for collaboration in various functional areas of space. This cooperation encompasses a diverse set of stakeholders, including the private sector, academia, and civil society organizations. The proposed Asia Pacific Space Diplomacy Dialogue (APSDD) aims to harness the growing momentum for regional space cooperation by exploring its prospects and challenges.
The Pacific Forum, in partnership with the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies and the University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Asian Studies, will promote the APSDD for establishing a common understanding of the current landscape of space cooperation and highlighting converging and diverging interests. It will convene a wide range of experts and practitioners across the Indo-Pacific region to achieve the following:
- Unpack the fundamental precepts of regional space cooperation.
- Assess the current status of regional cooperation in the space domain, identifying on-going initiatives, overlapping priority areas and potential gaps.
- Understand the growing interests of regional groupings in the Indo-Pacific region toward space, specifically among Southeast Asian and Pacific island nations.
- Examine the multifaceted applications of space technology for commercial and scientific purposes that could drive capacity-building efforts based on issue-based and functional areas of cooperation.
- Explore the establishment of an APSDD Working Group to sustain the discussion on regional space cooperation, initiate coordination among key stakeholders involved, and identify possible follow-on engagements such as workshops, seminars, and events.
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