Pekkanen's research focuses on the intersection of International relations and international law, with a specialization in the economic, legal, and security policies shaping the space industry. Pekkanen also investigates geopolitical change through the lens of infrastructure investment. Pekkanen's regional expertise is in the foreign affairs of Japan and Asia. Pekkanen co-chairs the U.S.-Japan Space Forum.
Addresses law and policy of contemporary topics in the space race, i.e. new states, activities in Asia, liability, space resources, space traffic management, and national security space
Provides an overview of the three key trends in the contemporary space race, namely democratization, commercialization, and militarization. Assesses prospects for states and legal governance through international and national frameworks.
Provides and overview of China's belt-and-road initiative through the lens of infrastructure investment in key maritime ports around the world, and the controversies that foreign Chinese investment may encounter.
Provides a comprehensive look at the way Asia's risen powers are shaping governance at the global and regional level, across economic, security, and human security cases; examines leadership exercised by China, Japan, and Korea.
Provides an overview of the international relations and foreign policy of the countries of contemporary Asia.
Provides a comprehensive overview of the changing nature of Japan's space policy over the postwar period, culminating in the national security space trajectories. Assesses the role of Japan's space and defense contractors in shaping space policy trajectories