Great Power Conflict, Space Governance, Longterm future


This is a hybrid event.  If you register on the Eventbrite, you will receive a zoom link to join virtually. 

Lecture Room G41, Royal School of Mines, South Kensington, London



Many countries and the private sector are demonstrating an increased interest in the space sector. As international tensions rise, there's growing concern that the space sector will become an additional arena for international conflicts. Many potential avenues exist that may foster this extension of conflict, including space resource extraction, space debris mitigation, and military uses of space. Conversely, by addressing Earth's numerous challenges through peaceful utilization of the space sector, we can contribute to a safe and sustainable long term future. The stakes are high, and many problems remain unsolved.

In partnership with the Space Generation Advisory Council, a panel has been assembled to address the question: How can the space sector overcome international conflicts? The panellists will address the question separately through presentations, followed a chaired discussion and audience Q&A. We hope to develop ideas, foster discussions, and work out how to get the space sector closer to overcoming international conflicts.


The panellists:

Dr Jill Stuart [profile]

  • Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Expert in the politics, ethics and law of outer space exploration and exploitation

Prof Ian Crawford [profile]

  • Professor at Birkbeck, University of London
  • Author of ‘Brightening the Skies: Institutional Solutions to the Societal and Geopolitical Risks of Space Expansionism’ & ‘Who Speaks for Humanity? The Need for a Single Political Voice’. A summary of these arguments can be found in this short on-line article

Juliana Suess [profile]

  • Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
  • Host of the podcast War in Space

Marissa Martin [profile]

  • PhD candidate at the Freeman Air and Space Institute and the Defence Studies Department, King’s College London; Dissertation: Comparing Cases: How middle powers fit into the space power dynamic
  • Formerly a counterspace intern for the Secure World Foundation

Chaired by: Jordan Stone

  • PhD student researching astrobiology at Imperial College London
  • Partnerships coordinator for the SGAC Space Safety and Sustainably Project Group.


Please use this form to submit questions or suggested topics for the chaired discussion:

We will welcome questions for the Q&A session on the day.


If you have any questions about this event, please email Jordan Stone (


This is an SGAC partnered event.




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