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2013 | 14 | 139-148
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Space Power Theory: A Tailor‑made Approach or a New Theoretical Challenge to IR?

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This article aims to analyze U.S. space power theories formulated by eminent military strategists and analysts with reference to International Relations theories. Starting with the statement that space systems and space exploitation are becoming an increasingly important factor for states and non‑state actors, the article seeks to explore if current space power theories meet the requirements of the changing reality. The main assumption of the article is that space power theories in their current form should be perceived rather as tailor‑made doctrines formulated for strategic and political purposes, and not new IR theories, because they have many deficiencies. The article contains a review of basic theoretical attempts made by David E. Lupton, James E. Oberg and James C. Moltz, as well as a critical analysis of them in the context of IR. As a result, the article concludes that a comprehensive space power theory has not been formulated yet, and poses an academic challenge to IR theorists.
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139-148
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  • France, Martin E. B. Mahan’s Elements of Sea Power Applied to the Development of Space Power. Washington DC: National Defense University National War College, 2000.
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  • Klein, John J. Space Warfare: Strategy, Principles and Policy. London: Routledge, 2006.
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  • Marquart, Samantha. “Space Power: A Unique Military Asset.” International Affairs Review. vol. 20, no. 2, 2011: 47‑54.
  • Moltz, James C. The Politics of Space Security. Strategic Restraint and the Pursuit of National Interests. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2008.
  • Oberg, James E. Space Power Theory. Colorado Springs: US Air Force Academy, 1999.
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