Space Policy Institute

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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 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 cooperates 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...

How should Japan’s space agency foster NewSpace?

Takashi Uchino, SPI visiting scholar, wrote “How should Japan’s space agency foster NewSpace?”, which is his second article to appear in The Space Review.

A Space Policy Primer: Key Concepts, Issues, and Actors

Graduate Student James G. Alver co-authored “A Space Policy Primer: Key Concepts, Issues, and Actors” with Dr. Michael P. Gleason at The Aerospace Corporation. The publication is intended to be a reference document and aims to discuss the “essentials...

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