About Us

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, a world leader in research, graduate study, and informed discussion related to issues of science, technology, and public policy, established a Space Policy Institute in 1987. The Institute conducts research, offers graduate courses and organizes seminars, symposia, and conferences on topics related to domestic and international space policy. The Institute is directed by Dr. Henry Hertzfeld.

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SPI and USRA Co-host “Return to the Moon: A Partnership of Government, Academia and Industry.”

March 29, 2018

The Space Policy Institute and Universities Space Research Association co-hosted their annual conference on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018.

Visiting Scholar Dr. Ruth Stilwell Gives Talk on Space Operations and US Airspace above 20km

February 21, 2018

 
Dr. Ruth Stilwell, a visiting scholar at SPI, gave the following talk in our offices on her research topic, Space Operations and US Airspace Above 20km

Mansfield Foundation and SPI Host U.S. - Japan Space Forum

February 02, 2018

The Forum, titled: Space in the Abe-Trump Era: New Threats, New Actors, featured two panels Space in the U.S.

SPI graduate student Cody Knipfer recently published "Revisiting Non-Interference Zones in Outer Space" in The Space Review

January 31, 2018

SPI graduate student Cody Knipfer published a new piece in The Space Review, entitled "Revisiting Non-Interference Zones in Outer Space." 

SPI Graduate Student Takuya Wakimoto published "How to Reduce US Space Expenses Through Competitive and Cooperative Approaches" in The Space Review

January 23, 2018

SPI Graduate Student Takuya Wakimoto published "How to Reduce US Space Expenses Through Competitive and Cooperative Approaches" in The Space Review.

Dr. Scott Pace featured in GW Magazine, "A Return to the Moon"

December 18, 2017

"The Elliott School’s Scott Pace now leads President Trump’s revived National Space Council, which has its eye on the moon." Click here to read

SPI Graduate Student Chris Beauregard Moderates Dupont Summit Panel

December 14, 2017

Chris Beauregard was a moderator for The 10th Annual Dupont Summit on Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. His panel was titled, "An Examination of Presidential Leadership in Space Policy."

SPI Graduate Students Appointed to SGAC Team

December 14, 2017

Two of our students have been appointed to positions with the Space Generation Advisory Council. Chris Beauregard will manage the SGx Conference in March, and Cody Knipfer is the new Strategic Communications Lead. 

Director Henry Hertzfeld featured in Washington Lawyer

December 06, 2017

Our Director, Henry Hertzfeld, was recently featured in the DC Bar magazine Washington Lawyer for an article examining the 50th Anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty.