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THE AFRICAN SPACE RACE (CSIS), Apr 30, 2021, virtual, 10:00-11:00 am ET

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) will hold a webinar on April 30, 2021 from 10:00-11:00 am ET on “The African Space Race.”

The keynote speaker is Dr. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Republic of Kenya.

Other participants are:

  • Julie Klinger, Assistant Professor, Dept of Geography and Spatial Science, Univ of Delaware
  • Temidayo Oniosum, Managing Director, Africa in Space
  • Judd Devermont, Director, Africa Program, CSIS
  • Todd Harrison, Director, Defense Budget Analysis, Director Aerospace Security Project, CSIS

More information and a link to the livestream are on the event’s website, which says:

Africa’s growing space program presents new political, economic, and security opportunities and challenges for the United States. The technology transfer process, access to technologies and data, and support for systems development have the potential to increase U.S. political influence vis-à-vis U.S. adversaries; bolster two-way trade and investment; and deepen national security ties between the United States and African partners. Africa’s space industry is projected to grow from $7 billion to over $10 billion in the next five years—presenting a significant opportunity for U.S.-Africa trade, which rested at a mere $33 billion in 2020. Furthermore, U.S. engagement in Africa’s space industry has the potential to translate into African support for U.S. positions on data-sharing, safety coordination, and other international space norms.

Please join the CSIS Africa Program and the CSIS Aerospace Security Project (ASP) for a public event on opportunities to advance commercial space systems in Africa, science and exploration, launch platforms, space norms, and multilateralism, as well as implications for global power competition. Dr. Monica Juma, Kenya’s Defense Cabinet Secretary will provide opening remarks, followed by a panelist discussion featuring Todd Harrison (Aerospace Security Project),  Temidayo Oniosun (Space in Africa), and Julie Klinger (University of Delaware).



April 30, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 pm