The Indian ASAT test from March 27th is a product of India’s changing foreign and defence policy and rather than a mere demonstration of capability, it is a demonstration of readiness - a deterrence tool. International reactions to this event have been mixed and ambiguous whereas no official statement was made by a European institution in reaction to this test.

ESPI Executive Brief 31 discusses Europe’s needs to clearly and credibly position itself in light of an increasing number of events at technical, political and security level that push the boundaries of the international legal and diplomatic framework for outer space.

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