MENA: Space Capabilities and Security Challenges


Satellites provide critical infrastructure for data communication for essential civilian and military applications. In the Middle East and Africa, space capabilities can promote socio-economic development. For instance, over the past decade, about 30 space organisations have been established in Africa, and more than 40 satellites have been launched. In the same vein, the investment in space technology and capabilities in the Middle East has been one of the routes towards economic diversification. Therefore, understanding space capabilities and security challenges is essential for safeguarding this development.

Thus, the  North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Southern Hub is organising a virtual event to discuss the capabilities and security challenges in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region concerning the space domain on October 27th, 2021 and October 28th, 2022. 

In addition, This event will bring together regional academics and experts with policymakers from NATO entities.  Furthermore, it provides a platform to share ideas and perspectives to build shared understanding and explore opportunities for cooperation.


  • The relevance of space for human security and the need for cooperation;
  • Space capabilities in North Africa and the Middle East: National priorities and strategic goals;
  • Space capabilities and socio-economic development for MENA countries;
  • Geo-strategic competition: a medium- to long-term outlook.

Kindly register your interest as an audience member HERE for the discussion on October 27th 2021: 09.30 – 16.15 CEST and October 28th Oct 2022: 09.30 – 13.00 CEST



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