Scenario Workshop on Exploring Self-Defense in Space

When: Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Where: Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom (515 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20006)

The Secure World Foundation (SWF) and George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute (SPI) held a small, closed-door workshop focused on understanding how the principle of the right to self-defense may apply in the outer space domain.

While all nations have the inherent right to self-defense, questions arise when ascertaining how it applies in the context of actions and activities in space and under what circumstances.  At the moment, there is both a lack of understanding and significant divergence among many policy makers and the international community on this issue. While a difficult subject, developing a better understanding of  how the principle of self-defense may apply in space, and the resulting ramifications, is a key step towards ensuring a more stable space environment.

This invitation-only workshop was held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, at the Courtyard Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom (515 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20006) from 9am to 2pm to discuss these topics in more detail.  The workshop used  scenarios to help frame the discussion on how the right to self-defense may come into play in different situations in space. For more information, please contact SWF Washington Office Director Victoria Samson or SWF Technical Advisor Brian Weeden.

Workshop agenda and scenarios 

Summary Report

Last updated on October 29, 2015