“Focusing on its unique attributes as a sub-region with a strong history of regionalism, shared interests and successful cooperation, this paper explores Oceania’s potential to generate sub-regional momentum supportive of aspirations at a global level seeking further refinements to the international space governance architecture. A contribution of this nature will come at a timely juncture as progress in these efforts has unfortunately slowed. Harnessing several space-related cooperative opportunities in the sub-region, Oceania may have a unique opportunity to contribute to the development of norms and legal frameworks that may ultimately serve as foundational elements of an emerging global consensus.”
Dr. Alfred Oehlers is a Professor for Daniel K Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. His areas of expertise are economics, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands. Dr. Oehlers obtained his doctorate in political economy from the University of Sydney. He holds both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in economics, from Macquarie University, Australia. The views expressed in this article are his own.