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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. Scott Pace.

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Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Cited in Wall Street Journal

May 19, 2017

Dr. Hertzfeld commented on the original intentions of the Outer Space Treaty in a WSJ piece titled "Who's in Charge of Outer Space?"

Dr. John Logsdon Quoted in Washington Post

May 17, 2017

Dr. Logsdon's comments on the intentions of cislunar missions were featured in a Washington Post article titled "'Mars Society founder blasts NASA for ‘worst plan yet’"

Clone of Dr. John Logsdon Participates in Reddit Ask Me Anything

May 12, 2017

Dr. Logsdon participated in a two-hour AMA session in the r/Politics subreddit in which over 100 questions and comments were submitted by users on the topics of exploration, international cooperation, and the past, present and future of NASA.

Comments by Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund featured in collectSPACE

April 19, 2017

According to collectSPACE, two candidates have been announced as finalists in a privately-conducted search for Germany's first woman to fly into space. "I am proud we were able to accompany this project with our scientific expertise," commented Dr. Ehrenfreund, Chair of the German Aerospace Center, which provided assistance in the selection process.

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund speaks at 5th DLR Industrial Days

April 12, 2017

Dr. Ehrenfruend, Chair of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), presented the opening keynote at the 5th DLR Industrial Days, an annual meeting of approximately 100 experts from space agencies, industry and science to exchange views on the future of European space transport.

Dr. John Logsdon Cited in WIRED

April 09, 2017

Dr. Logsdon commented on the recent trends in Russia's space sector in a WIRED article titled "'Russia’s Quest to Build a Space Empire—or Go Broke Trying."

Event Co-Hosted by SPI Featured in BBC

April 08, 2017

The 2017 USRA Symposium on Space Situational Awareness was featured in the BBC article "The race to destroy space garbage," including several comments from Secure Wold Foundation's Brian Weeden, an SPI alum.

Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund Featured in 2017 Space Symposium Panel

April 04, 2017

Dr. Ehrenfreund, chair of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), was featured in a panel of eight other leaders of national space programs. Her comments focused on the need for cooperation and were featured in a number of publications, including ViaSatellite, The Gazette and a Sputnik News piece titled "Mars, Russia, Europe, US Should Work Together on Space Exploration - German Agency."

Wishful thinking collides with policy, economic realities in ‘Capitalism in Space'

April 04, 2017

Dr. Pace's op-ed, "Wishful thinking collides with policy, economic realities in ‘Capitalism in Space'" was published by SpaceNews. It examines the concept of commercial activity in the space sector and ran in the March 27 issue of SpaceNews magazine, which was distributed at the 33rd Space Symposium.

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Featured as Panelist in Space Law at 50: Past, Present and Future

March 30, 2017

Dr. Hertzfeld discussed "The Outer Space Treaty and Its Impact on Space Law," which focused on the Outer Space Treaty, its impacts during the last fifty years on space development, and the future of the Treaty in the context of the revitalization of space exploration. The program was hosted by The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Steven M. Schneebaum International Law Society and SAIS International Law and Organizations Program.