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.

“Space Power and the Trajectory of U.S. Influence in Space”

Recent graduate Takuya Wakimoto wrote the article “Space Power and Trajectory of U.S. Influence in Space”, which was recently published in GWU’s International Affairs Review. His article begins on page 39 of the Summer 2019 issue.   Abstract:...

“A Guide to Japan’s Space Policy Formulation: Structures, Roles and Strategies of Ministries and Agencies for Space”

Takuya Wakimoto, a second-year SPI graduate student, recently wrote the article “A Guide to Japan’s Space Policy Formulation: Structures, Roles and Strategies of Ministries and Agencies for Space”, which was published by the Pacific Forum. Executive...

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld Coaches GW Team in Space Law Moot Court

Dr. Henry Hertzfeld coached the GW team in the Manfred Lachs Space Law North American Moot Court Competition held here in Washington over the weekend. Chani Gatto-Bradshaw and James Lego reached the finals, and finished second. James was also selected as Best Oral...

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...

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...

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