In this unique volume, an international cast of leading scholars from several disciplines offers a comprehensive assessment of the current status of space-based weaponry. Regional and technical experts offer their analysis of the major powers' special interests in space and also examine the broader issues of ICBM proliferation, testing, monitoring, and verification as well as possible opportunities for cooperation between states with a stake in space power.
Introduction -- Challenges Posed by Space-Launch and Missile Proliferation -- Space Power and Space Interests: United States -- Space Power Interests: Russia -- China's Space Interests and Missile Technology Controls -- Space Policy and Missile Control in Europe -- International Space Cooperation and a Non-Proliferation Regime: Turning Plowshares into Swords? -- Exchanging Environmental Resource Management for Peaceful Space Practices: Blue Sky or “Blue Sky”? -- Arms Control and Verification: Future Trends -- A Flight Test Ban as a Tool for Curbing Ballistic Missile Proliferation -- Land-Based Ballistic Missile Verification: The UNSCOM Experience -- Verification of Ballistic Missile Activities: Problems and Possible Solutions -- About Nautilus Institute