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Space Security Initiative (SSI) Capstone on June 8: connecting regional expertise to the Pacific Northwest

May 20, 2016

The Space Security Initiative (SSI) will hold its annual Capstone on June 8, 2016 at the University of Washington (UW) Club.

In October 2015, the SSI Director, Saadia Pekkanen, recruited seven area specialists from the Ph.D. Program at the Jackson School as Junior Fellows. The SSI Junior Fellows used their regional expertise to gauge the space policy trajectories of present and rising major powers around the world, namely China, India, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Israel, the European Union, and the United States.

Throughout 2015-2016, the SSI team carried out activities to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners, mainly through training exercises, policy writing, briefing sessions, and networking opportunities. Starting in April 2016, the SSI Junior Fellows began posting policy briefs through the IPI at the Jackson School.

On June 8, 2016, the SSI Junior Fellows will brief prominent space-related stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, bringing together networks from the academic, media, government, military, and business spheres.

A list of SSI Junior Fellows

Muyang Chen, PhD candidate, China

Seonhee Kim, PhD candidate, Russia and South Korea

Deep Pal, PhD student, India

Clint Work, PhD candidate, the United States

Indra Ekmanis, PhD candidate, the European Union

Oded Oron, PhD candidate, Israel

Joshua Williams, PhD candidate, Japan

Capstone Event Agenda

11:00 -11:15 Opening remark by SSI Director Saadia Pekkanen

11:15-11:30    Self-Introductions by Participants

11:30 -12:00 Framework discussion (executive lunch ordering)

12:00 -12:30   Regional Briefing by SSI Junior Fellows

  • Seonhee Kim, JSIS PhD candidate, Russia
  • Deep Pal, JSIS PhD student, India
  • Clint Work, JSIS PhD candidate, South Korea
  • Indra Ekmanis, JSIS PhD candidate, the European Union
  • Oded Oron, JSIS PhD candidate, Israel
  • Muyang Chen, JSIS PhD candidate, China

12:30-1:00      Regional Briefing Q&A

1:00-2:00              General discussion