War & Peace and Space : Episode II - Chang'e & Apollo


A Presentation by
Dr. Nikita S.W. Chiu
Centre for Technology and Global Affairs

2nd May 2019 5:00pm

Jesus College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DQ
Reception Immediately Following
As preparation intensifies for the 50th Anniversary of the Moon landing, 2019 marks a busy year for space activities. China’s Chang’e 4’s earlier success in touching down on the dark side of the moon, almost 50 years after Apollo 11’s journey, not only sparked renewed interest in space exploration, but also discussions of competition between spacefaring countries to (re)deploy manned missions to the Moon and beyond. Space debris, long considered a low priority policy area discussed mainly among academics, has recently emerged as one of the fastest developing governance issue-domains. As adversarial narrative dominates against the backdrop of mounting political tensions and institutional uncertainty, what challenges must the global Science and Technology community overcome in order to pursue resources-intensive collaboration in cutting-edge research?

Dr. Chiu is Research Fellow in Robotics at the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs at the University of Oxford. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk at the University of Cambridge. Her work examines the impact that technologies have on international relations and the international order, with a specific focus on space and quantum technologies.
Episode I of the War & Peace and Space series examined the complex linkage between the Outer Space Treaty and the wider multilateral disarmament efforts in the 60s and 70s. In Episode II, the focus will turn to the implications of recent developments in space and moon explorations among emerging spacefaring countries. The event seeks to engage a wider audience to ponder and analyze the multilevel consequences of competition and collaboration in space exploration and research.