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Canada’s leadership in dispelling the rhetoric of space war

By Ram S. Jakhu, Kuan-Wei Chen, and Bayar Goswami      

While some space-faring nations may have succumbed to the growing narrative of outer space as a war-fighting domain, Canada must stand to promote cooperation, responsible stakeholding and multilateralism in crucial issues relating to space.

Earth from the Moon during Apollo 8 mission, 1968. Canada was one of the first few space-faring nations to recognize the importance of space exploration for national needs. Space serves as a key driver for Canada’s advancement in science, technology and innovation to the benefit of the Canadian public from coast to coast to coast. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikipedia/NASA

Recently, a lot is being said on outer space becoming a new frontier for conflicts, and there are voices advocating Canada’s preparedness and strategy for what some call “the inevitable space war.” This sensationalism to a good extent is unqualified, unduly inflated, and unnecessarily propagated to catalyze extensive militarization, and indeed weaponization, of space. Lest we forget, the very inception of humanity’s venture into space was military in nature and the issue of space militarization is not new.

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