April 21, 2022
At our recent Space Diplomacy Lab event, “Russia's Invasion of Ukraine from Orbit: The Role of Space Diplomacy in Modern Conflict,” Professor Frans von der Dunk (University of Nebraska College of Law) said that without new rules, chances of actual conflict in outer space are growing. Read recap on Duke Today.
March 3, 2022
Our brand-new Space Diplomacy Lab (SDL) held its kick-off event last Feb 25 with a panel discussion on regulating the increasing activity in space and implications of the current war in Ukraine with leading space journalists Loren Grush (The Verge), Jeff Foust (Space News), and Ramin Skibba (Wired).
January 1, 2022
DUCIGS' W. Robert Pearson and Benjamin L. Schmitt write in the Foreign Policy Magazine that the Nov. 15 Russian test that blew a derelict spy satellite into more than 1,500 pieces of space debris shows—once more—that new international rules are needed to regulate space activities.
November 12, 2021
Duke's Cydney Livingston reports in the Research Blog about the webinar: "That's No Moon: Technical and Diplomatic Solutions to the Space Debris Challenge," organized by the Duke Center for International and Global Studies/Rethinking Diplomacy Program. Read how a group of experts unpacked the current "threats to space."
July 8, 2021
The webinar discussed the need for space diplomacy to regulate the recent proliferation of activity in space from governments and commercial enterprises. Space diplomacy should consider, among many issues, 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?
May 15, 2021
DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy fellows W. Robert Pearson and Benjamin Schmitt write in Foreign Policy that the uncontrolled reentry of a Chinese rocket earlier last May shows the need for an update of space diplomacy. Now is the time for building out international norms around space activities. (Photo credit in original publication: Bill Ingalls/NASA via Getty Images.)