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BLINDER, Daniel. Geopolitic and spatial natural resources. PAAKAT: rev. tecnol. soc. [online]. 2018, vol.8, n.15, pp.85-102.  Epub 01-Sep-2018. ISSN 2007-3607.

The present works aims to understand the new geopolitic of natural resources from the exploration and exploitation of outer space by State and non-State actors. Significantly, private companies are making investment, research and development in space technology, getting involved where only the sovereign Nation-State had competences due to the very nature of space environment, the strategic logic of its control, and the long-term risk investments that the public sector must afford to gain technical competitiveness. The international arena is presented as an existing interstate system ruled by diplomatic practices and code of conduct. Notwithstanding, there are terrestrial and non-terrestrial spaces that have regulations for their control. The majority of States participate in such regulatory system, but in practice, few have the means to reach, occupy, and regulate these places. The case of outer space and celestial bodies present an axis to discuss the question of sovereignty. In this article we propose to analyze how are the power relations in the territory to rethink and represent the new geopolitics, what role State-actors play, and how private companies modify these geopolitical practices by their own technical means, or in association with the State, re-define the control and exploitation of resources on the technological frontier. Finally, this article discuss the role of peripheral and semiperipheral actors in the face of the technology gap and the new natural frontier.

Palabras llave : Natural resources; Aerospace Industry; International Politics; Extraterrestrial Space.

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