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The Militarization of the Outer Space: the Contestation of U.S. and Russian on the International Space Station Project
Indah Kumalasari, Ade Marup Wirasenjaya

Department of International Relations, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta


This paper will elaborate the contestation of power between the U.S. and Russia in attempt to control outer space. The outer space become a new arena of contestation of the two super power states in world politics. Both the U.S. and Russia deploy hegemony through the development of advanced technology. When ideological aspect has decreased in international relations, outer space technology become the new instrument to control the world. By using astropolitik approach, this paper argue that contestation of the two states are still going in the agreement of International Space Station (ISS) P project, and shows that there is contradiction of the ISS. In one side, the U.S. and Russia put humanity as the main purpose of ISS. But recently, ISS also used as new locus of power and militarization of space.

Keywords: power contestation, outer space, astropolitik, U.S. foreign policy, International Space Station, militarization of space

Topic: International Symposium on Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Religious Studies


Conference: The 3rd International Conference on Sustainability and Innovation (ICoSI 2019)

Plain Format | Corresponding Author (Indah Kumalasari)

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