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Geopolitics and the Militarisation of Space: lecture by Patrick Bolder

December 13th 2019 - 09:00
Patrick Bolder Space Wars

On Thursday 12 December, Patrick Bolder, Strategic Analyst at the The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies, set out his vision for the future of European and Dutch space strategy, during a lecture organised by SIB Groningen.

The Netherlands are lagging behind in strategic thinking about space, which increases our military dependence on other countries. So what role does the Netherlands currently play in the field of ever-growing space activity? And why should the Dutch government develop a more proactive (military) strategy for the on-going space race? Ever-more advanced technology has brought outer space increasingly in humanity’s reach. Interest in space has not only been scientific and economic, however, but also geopolitical. Some observers speculate that the future battlefield of the world’s great powers might lie not on Earth, but between the stars. How bad is the situation, really? Are we on the brink of warfare in outer space? And what can we do about it?

For more insights, read the recent HCSS paper The Closing Window: Dutch Relevance in Space Examined, co-authored by Patrick Bolder, where we examine the opportunities, challenges and urgency of Dutch activity in space. 

Patrick Bolder Groningen Space

Patrick Bolder is an officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Since January 2019 he is seconded to The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. His expertise lies in all Defence matters, with a focus on Military Space, Unmanned systems, European Defence issues and Nuclear Policy.