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Taking sovereignty out of this world: space weapons and empire of the future

Taking sovereignty out of this world: space weapons and empire of the future
Taking sovereignty out of this world: space weapons and empire of the future
Programs to deploy weapons in orbital space have important implications for international relations. In this paper, we analyze the constitutive logic of three modes of space weaponization currently being pursued by the United States – space-based missile defense, space control, and force application from orbital space. We show that these technologies of killing, when bundled together, constitute a new form of centralized sovereign power in a context of de-territorialized sovereignty. This is a new type of international political society, which we call empire of the future, distinct from and more ominous than the de-centralized form of Empire theorized by Hardt and Negri and the modern expression of classical hegemony now widely debated in discussions of putative American empire.
0260-2105
755-775
Duvall, Raymond
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Havercroft, Jonathan
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Duvall, Raymond
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Havercroft, Jonathan
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Duvall, Raymond and Havercroft, Jonathan (2008) Taking sovereignty out of this world: space weapons and empire of the future. Review of International Studies, 34 (4), 755-775. (doi:10.1017/S0260210508008267).

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Programs to deploy weapons in orbital space have important implications for international relations. In this paper, we analyze the constitutive logic of three modes of space weaponization currently being pursued by the United States – space-based missile defense, space control, and force application from orbital space. We show that these technologies of killing, when bundled together, constitute a new form of centralized sovereign power in a context of de-territorialized sovereignty. This is a new type of international political society, which we call empire of the future, distinct from and more ominous than the de-centralized form of Empire theorized by Hardt and Negri and the modern expression of classical hegemony now widely debated in discussions of putative American empire.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 8 September 2008
Published date: October 2008
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 348467
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348467
ISSN: 0260-2105
PURE UUID: ceeaab44-d1a6-49cd-a3ff-4a776046aa2a
ORCID for Jonathan Havercroft: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0995-8912

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Last modified: 08 Jan 2022 03:20

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Author: Raymond Duvall

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