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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. Henry Hertzfeld.

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SPI Graduate Student Chris Beauregard Moderates Dupont Summit Panel

December 14, 2017

Chris Beauregard was a moderator for Dupon Summit 2017, The 10th Annual Dupont Summit onScience, 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 SGAC. Chris Beauregard will be the lead for the SGx Conference in March, and Cody Knipfer is the new Strategics Commucations 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.

SPI Graduate Student Cody Knipfer published "International Cooperation and Competition in Space: How - and Why - Should the United States Proceed"

November 21, 2017

SPI Graduate Student Cody Knipfer published "International Cooperation and Competition in Space: How - and Why - Should the United States Proceed," in The Space Review

SPI Hosts Colonel Jack Fischer, NASA Astronaut: "Living and Working Aboard the International Space Station"

November 13, 2017

SPI recently hosted Colonel Jack Fischer for a presentation about his time as an astronaut on the International Space Station.

Q&A: Plotting U.S. Space Policy with White House Adviser Scott Pace

November 06, 2017

Dr. Scott Pace was interviewed by Lee Billings from Scientific American on his participation in the National Scpace Council and on U.S. Space Policy.

SPI Graduate Student Chris Beauregard Gives Presentation at International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference

October 20, 2017

One of our graduate students recently presented a paper at the International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference last Wednesday.

SPI Graduate Student Cody Knipfer published "Why Should We Go? Reevaluating the Rationales for Human Spaceflight in the 21st Century"

October 17, 2017

SPI graduate student Cody Knipfer published "Why Should We Go? Reevaluating the Rationales for HumanSpaceflight in the 21st Century" in the Space Review. 

SPI Graduate Student Cody Knipfer published "It’s Time to Reevaluate Export Controls on Commercial Spacecraft" in Fair Observer.

October 10, 2017

SPI Graduate Student Cody Knipfer published "It’s Time to Reevaluate Export Controls on Commercial Spacecraft" in Fair Observer.