IRC Book Club: Crowded Orbits: Conflict & Cooperation in Space
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IRC Book Club: Crowded Orbits: Conflict & Cooperation in Space

The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Please join us!

 Export to Your Calendar 8/7/2019
When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri  64110
United States
Contact: Jack McLaren


Online registration is available until: 8/7/2019
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About the Book Club
The IRC Book Club gives participants the opportunity to discuss foreign affairs, global topics, authors' perspectives, historical events, and their current local relevance in a respectful, engaging setting. Convened by seasoned Great Decisions leader Jack McLaren, the group meets every six to eight weeks to dig into a different author's work.


Next Meeting

Wednesday, August 7 – 6:30-8 p.m.
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center (4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, MO 64110) 


This is a free program that is open to the public, though reservations are requested to help with planning. For those who would like to continue the discussion after 8:00, the group may move to some place like the Brooksider.


Currently Reading

Crowded Orbits: Conflict and Cooperation in Space
by James Clay Moltz– 240 pages

Available for purchase (hardback, paperback, or e-reader): Amazon »
We encourage you to visit local booksellers: Rainy Day Books ».
Local libraries have copies of the book and audiobook available.

Description: Space has become increasingly crowded since the end of the Cold War, with new countries, companies, and even private citizens operating satellites and becoming spacefarers. This book offers general readers a valuable primer on space policy from an international perspective. It examines the competing themes of space competition and cooperation while providing readers with an understanding of the basics of space technology, diplomacy, commerce, science, and military applications. 

The recent expansion of human space activity poses new challenges to existing treaties and other governance tools for space, increasing the likelihood of conflict over a diminishing pool of beneficial locations and resources close to Earth. Drawing on more than twenty years of experience in international space policy debates, James Clay Moltz examines possible avenues for cooperation among the growing pool of space actors, considering their shared interests in space traffic management, orbital debris control, division of the radio frequency spectrum, and the prevention of military conflict. Moltz concludes with policy recommendations for enhanced international collaboration in space situational awareness, scientific exploration, and restraining harmful military activities.