Space Policy Institute

Welcome to SPI

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs is a world leader in research, graduate study, and informed discussion related to issues of science, technology, and public policy. The Space Policy Institute celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. The Institute conducts research, offers graduate courses and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences on topics related to domestic and international space policy. SPI is associated with the International Science and Technology Policy academic program, which leads to a Master of Arts degree at the Elliott School. The Institute operates within the Elliott School, but does so with support from The George Washington University as a whole, in addition to funding from a number of individual, corporate, foundation, and government sources. The Institute is directed by Dr. Henry Hertzfeld.

Meeting with Science Counselor Shimasaki of Embassy of Japan

When Tuesday, March 5, 2019 Where JAXA DC Office A group of students at The George Washington University, including several Space Policy Institute students, who recently visited Japan as part of a space policy-themed KAKEHASHI Project trip had a meeting with Science...

“What should be Japan’s strategy for human space exploration?”

Visiting Scholar Takashi Uchino wrote his third article for The Space Review titled, “What should be Japan’s strategy for human space exploration?”.

Space Exploration and Development – Space Assets Enabling A Sustainable Future: Joint project with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology with the support of JAXA and SGAC

When Monday – Tuesday, February 18-19, 2019 Where JAXA DC Office International Student House The Space Policy Institute cooperated with Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT) to discuss topics such as international space cooperation and utilizing...

Ronald Reagan and the Space Frontier – A discussion by Professor Emeritus John M. Logsdon

When Thursday, January 31, 2019 12:15pm – 2:00pm Where Lindner Commons, 6th Floor Elliott School of International Affairs 1957 E St NW The Space Policy Institute and the Elliott School Book Launch Series held a lunchtime discussion by Professor Emeritus John M....

“Weaponization of space will harm the United States more than it gains”

Takuya Wakimoto, a second-year SPI graduate student, wrote the article, “Weaponization of space will harm the United States more than it gains”, which appeared in The Space Review this...

Dr. John Logsdon appears on DC Direct: US Space Force episode

Dr. John Logsdon was interviewed by TRT World to discuss the potential for a U.S. Space Force. Watch the episode and interview...

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