My longtime colleague Graham Gibbs, who recently retired from the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and had previously represented CSA in Washington, D.C., has just published this very interesting article, “An Analysis of the Space Politics of the Major Space Faring Nations and Selected Emerging Space Faring Nations,” in the Annals of Air and Space Law, volume 37. The abstract reads: “This Article provides information (as of April 2012) on national space policies even in the absence of a specific single comprehensive national space policy document. The national space policies analyzed are those of the United States, the European Union (EU) and European Space Agency (ESA, including selected ESA Member States (e.g., France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom); India, Japan, Russia, and, to the extent possible, China. The policies of emerging space faring nations such as Australia, Republic of Korea (South Korea) and South Africa are included in the analysis. These particular space-faring and emerging space-faring nations have been selected because their policies and programs are deemed to represent a comprehensive cross-section of the world’s government space sector. In addition, and to the extent relevant, the policy directions (usually characterized as non-binding principles or guidelines) of multinational organizations, such as the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPOUS) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) are included in the analysis.”
Check it out.