About the Space Policy Institute

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. It operates as a research and policy program of the Center for International Science and Technology Policy of GW's Elliott School of International Affairs, but also relies on 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.

SPI focuses its activities on policy issues related to the space efforts of the United States, as well as the cooperative and competitive interactions in space between the US and other nations. The Institute provides a setting in which scholars, policy analysts, practitioners, and students can work together to examine and evaluate options for the future in space. The Space Policy Institute is a proud affiliate of the Aerospace CorporationInternational Space University, the European Space Policy Institute and the Beijing Institute of Technology, Institute of Space Law.