Space Diplomacy

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Looking to Ocean Diplomacy for Ways to Regulate Space

October 4, 2022

Decades of evidence-based ocean diplomacy and multilateral science policy can offer useful lessons to the burgeoning field of Space Diplomacy, experts said at the latest Rethinking Diplomacy webinar.


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Applying the Ways of the Sea to Outer Space: A Conversation Hosted by Duke’s Space Diplomacy Lab

October 3, 2022

At a recent DUCIGS/Rethinking Diplomacy event, Dr. Clare Fieseler * of the Smithsonian Institution and Dr. Alex Kahl of the National Marine Fisheries Service discussed about the many lessons Space Diplomacy can learn from the diplomacy of the Oceans. Read more about the webinar of Duke Research Blogs. (* Dr. Fieseler is a Duke alum and a former recipient of a DUCIGS grant.)

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Experts: Data from Satellites Critical in Helping Ukraine

May 26, 2022

Read Duke Today's recap of the DUCIGS/SpaceDiplomacyLab event with Prof. Saadia Pekkanen (Univ. of Washington) who showed how satellite data from private companies helped drive diplomatic strategies in the current war and deliver aid to Ukrainian citizens.

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Averting Future Conflict in Space

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.

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New Lab Focuses on Regulating Burgeoning Space Activity

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).

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2022 Is the Year for a Space Summit

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.


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Experts Unpack the Space Debris Challenge - Video and article

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."

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Why We Need International Norms to Regulate the Space Race

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?

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The Crisis in Space

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.)