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This podcast features content produced by the Secure World Foundation (SWF), a private operating foundation that promotes cooperative solutions for space sustainability and the peaceful uses of outer space. The Foundation acts as a research body, convener and facilitator to promote key space security, and other related topics, and to examine their influence on governance and international development.
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Jan 30, 2017

Recorded in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2017.

On January 27, 1967, the Outer Space Treaty was opened for signature in Moscow, London, and Washington DC. On the fiftieth anniversary of this occasion, a luncheon symposium was held at Georgetown University to reflect on the development of the Outer Space Treaty, the fundamental role the US government played in its development, as well as rationales behind the treaty and fundamentals of public international law underpinning the document and informing our understanding of it.

This event was organized by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) with the support of the Secure World Foundation and the Georgetown Space Law Society.

Speakers (in order of appearance):

  • Ms. Oonagh Sands, American Society of International Law
  • Mr. Christopher Johnson, Secure World Foundation
  • Moderator, Mr. Steve Mirmina, Georgetown University
  • Mr. David A. Koplow, Georgetown University
  • Mr. Robert E. Dalton, US Department of State

More details, including a video recording of the event, can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

Jan 17, 2017

Recorded in Washington, DC, on January 17, 2017.

On January 11, 2007, China destroyed one of its aging weather satellites using a ground-based anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon. The 2007 ASAT test, and a similar test by the United States a year later, reignited international and domestic debates over strategic stability and deterrence, space weaponization, and the potential for a space arms race. Ten years later, many of the same tensions and questions remain. 
 
This luncheon panel discussion brought together experts to discuss the evolution of the space security environment over the last decade, and specifically the evolution and current state of the relationship between the United States and China. Panelists will provide contrasting views on the perceptions and tensions on both sides, and outline potential options and strategies the Trump Administration may take going forward.
 
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More details, including speaker bios and a video recording of the event, can be found at the event page on the SWF website.

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