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Astropolitics encompasses Astropolitik, astrostrategy, and astrographics.
In political science
Astropolitics is often studied as an aspect of the security studies and international relations subfields of political science. This includes the role of space exploration in diplomacy as well as the military uses of satellites, for example, for surveillance or cyber warfare. The Star Wars program under Reagan is one of the most frequently written about topics in astropolitics. Astropolitics has often been studied in its historical context as an aspect of the Soviet-American rivalry of the Cold War (particularly in the form of the Space Race), though it is also a frequent topic in studies of the diplomatic, military or geopolitical aspects of contemporary Sino-American relations.
In academic geography, astropolitics is sometimes studied in the manner of critical geopolitics - as critical astropolitics. One pioneer of this approach in Geography has been the critical geopolitics scholar Klaus Dodds, who has written on astropolitics from a critical theory-oriented perspective.
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- D. Deudney and M. Glassner; Political Geography