M.A. Course: Space Security in the 21st Century

On February 19, 2015 with the support and co-sponsorship of the Prague Security Studies Institute, new course entitled "Space Security in the 21st Century" began. The course is taught at the Department of the International Relations of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague.

The central objective of this course is to introduce the rapidly growing importance of the field of space security. Among the questions raised early on will be how the security and defense policies of leading world powers influence outer space activities. This course is designed to explore the security dimensions of space from a policy, regulatory and technical perspective, with an emphasis on the irresponsible or disruptive actions of some space-faring nations in this domain. 

The course consists of six general classes, three or four guest lectures and two seminars. Recognized speakers with extensive expertise in the field are invited for each of these special lectures.

Recordings of select lectures are available here.

In the fall semester 2018, guest lectures will include representatives from the Secure World Foundation, the Czech Ministry of Transport, and the Prague Security Studies Institute.

  • Victoria Samson, November 28, 2018 - "Disruptions to Space Security and Stability." A video recording of the lecture is available here.
  • Václav Kobera, December 5, 2018 - "Czech Republic and Space Security." More information available here.
  • Martina Šmuclerová, December 18, 2018 - "Law and Space Security." More information available here.

In the spring semester 2018, guest lectures included representatives from the Charles University, the European Space Agency, and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris.

  • Michael Romancov, April 16, 2018 - "Geopolitics of Space." More information available here.
  • Kai-Uwe Schrogl, May 18, 2018 - "European Space Agency’s Perspective on Europe’s Space Security." More information available here. His PPT presentation is available here
  • Martina Šmuclerová, May 31, 2018 - “Law and Space Security." More information available here.

In the fall semester 2017, guest lectures included representatives from the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs, and the European Space Policy Institute

  • Martina Šmuclerová, November 8, 2017 - “Law and Space Security" More information available here.
  • Yukiko Okumura, November 20, 2017 - “United Nations and Space Security" More information available here.
  • Cenan Al-Ekabi, November 27, 2017 - “Space Security in Europe" More information available here.

In the fall semester 2016, guest lectures included representatives from Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and the Czech Republic and European Commision 

  • Peter Pindják, November 28, 2016 - "Security Aspects of EU Space Policy." More information available here.
  • Agnieszka Lukaszczyk, December 5, 2016  - "Introduction to Copernicus, the European Earth Observation Program, and EU Space Strategy." More information available here.
  • Martina Šmuclerová, December 12, 2016 - "Law and Space Security." More information available here.

In the fall semester 2015, guest lectures included representatives from The Aerospace Corporation, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and U.S. Department of Defense.

  • Mahum Melamed, November 04, 2015 - "NEO program at The Aerospace Corporation and the Planetary Defense Endeavor." Mr. Malamed is Project Leader at The Aerospace Corporation 
  • Attila Matas, December 2, 2015 - "Orbit/Spectrum Regulation - ITU International Regulatory Framework." Mr. Matas serves as Head of the Space Publications and Registration Division in the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau - Space Services department.
  • Dr. Peter L. Hays, December 09, 2015 - "Space and National Security: Opportunities and Challenges." Dr. Hays works for Falcon Research supporting the Principle Department of Defense Space Advisor.  

In the spring semester 2015, guest lectures included senior present and former EU and U.S. space-related officials and academics from institutions such as the Space Policy Institute of George Washington University and the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS).

  • Peter Marquez, April 9, 2015 - "U.S. Space Policy at the National Level” Mr. Marquez is former Director for Space Policy at the National Security Council in the White House, U.S. 
  • Dr. Scott Pace, April 23, 2015 - "U.S. National Security Space Debate” Mr. Pace is Director of the Space Policy Institute at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Frank Asbeck, April 30, 2015 - "Policy Framework for Space Security Activities in the European Union” Mr. Asbeck is Principal Adviser for Space and Security Policy, European External Action Service (EEAS).
  • Jana Robinson, May 7, 2015 - "Space Security in Bilateral and International Relations” Ms. Robinson is Senior Fellow at the PSSI. Previously Space Policy Officer at the European External Action Service and Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute.


Find more information about the course here.

Read the Course's syllabus here.