Xavier PASCO

Director, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique

Since October 2016, Dr. Xavier Pasco (Doct. In Pol.Sc- Univ. of Paris-Sorbonne) is Director of the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (FRS – Foundation for Strategic Research), an independent think-tank based in Paris. Before that, Dr. Pasco has been Senior Research Fellow, in charge of the space, high technology and security-related studies. Previous to 1997, he was researcher at CREST (Center for Research and Evaluation of the relationships between Strategies and Technology) associated to Ecole Polytechnique, France, where he started his career in 1988.

Xavier Pasco has conducted a number of projects studying the use of space for the security, notably in support of the French ministry of defense but also in relation with the European Union R&D Framework Programme as well as for other international organizations. He has been involved in a number of projects studying the use of space for the security, both at national and European levels (notably in relation with the R&D Framework Programme) coordinated by the European Commission. He has also been part of numerous working groups related to national and European space policy. Xavier Pasco is also associate Research Fellow at the Space Policy Institute in the George Washington University (Washington D.C., U.S.A.). He has also been giving lectures in the French Military School in Paris as well as at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. He is the Deputy Editor of the international academic review Space Policy. He has also been named Expert at the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels in 2007. In 2012, Xavier Pasco has been elected full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has also been named member of the Advisory Committee of the U.S.-based Secure World Foundation