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Episode #18 | Japan's Space Diplomacy

The Hague Diplomacy Podcast aims at bringing the themes of the journal's research off the page, and onto the discussion table. Each episode will feature a guest who will share their insights and personal experience within their practice of or research on diplomacy. Available via SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Spotify!

Host Ilen Madhavji speaks with Saadia Pekkanen, co-editor of the recent HJD Special Issues on Space Diplomacy, to see what there is to learn from Japan's approach to Space Diplomacy. Uniquely situated next to China but with extensive military ties to the United States, Japan cleverly employs Space Diplomacy to maintain its position between the two. This happens all the while they continue to be a global leader in dual-use space technology, which can be used for civil and military purposes. This "all fronts" strategy means Japan has found a way to operate bilaterally, regionally, and multilaterally by tailoring Space Diplomacy to their needs.

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