The Weaponization of Space: The X-37, Realism, and Neoliberalism This contain contains a discussion of how two paradigms of political explanation, realism and neoliberalism , help to explain an instance of security policy, namely the development of the Boeing X-37 Orbital Test Vehicle. The larger purpose is to determine how well realism and neoliebralism do in terms of addressing, exploring, and examining the weaponization of space as an emerging theme within international security studies. The conclusion is that realism is the superior method of explanation, as it accounts for both the motivations and mechanics of the weaponization of space, whereas neoliberalism’s concepts of free trade and international cooperation do not perform...The end:
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