The Crisis in Space: The Future of Space Diplomacy

Thursday, June 24 | 10-11am ET
Zoom event 
Participation is free but registration is required at this link

Diplomacy is no longer confined to earthbound matters. Though space diplomacy is not new, the recent proliferation of countries and companies with access to low earth orbit (and beyond) has heightened the need for diplomacy that covers international programs and interactions beyond our atmosphere. 
Extraterrestrial issues that once encompassed an acute set of national security interests now extend to a multidisciplinary set of geopolitical and geoeconomics issues, all of which must be informed by sound science and technology analysis. Space diplomacy should consider, among many issues, the involvement of multiple nation state and private sector actors, burgeoning space infrastructure and satellite internet service providers, launch and space junk risk scenarios, and deep space regulatory issues. 
How can the U.S. government learn from terrestrial treaties to chart a path forward in space diplomacy? 

Speakers: 
W. Robert Pearson, Ambassador, DUCIGS Rethinking Diplomacy Program Fellow 
Dr. Benjamin L. Schmitt, astrophysicist  
co-authors of the article “The Crisis in Space” in Foreign Policy.  

Moderator: 
Prof. Britt Lundgren
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of North Carolina Asheville
Chair, Advisory Board for the North Carolina Space Grant

This event is co-sponsored by Duke in DC and the Duke University Center for International and Global Studies (DUCIGS)/Rethinking Diplomacy Program. 
The Rethinking Diplomacy Program is supported by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund.