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Video: What to Expect: the OEWG on Reducing Space Threats

In 2020, the UN passed a new resolution on ‘reducing space threats through norms, rules and principles of responsible behaviours’. Since then, there has been the development of a new Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on the same: the first session was due to take place in February 2022, but this has now been postponed to May 2022. The OEWG will work to identify threatening and irresponsible space behaviours.

What can be expected from this OEWG? What role could the OEWG place in making space a safer domain? What role can non governmental experts play in contributing to the agenda as well as the implementation of any outcomes of the working group?

On April 21st, BASIC and The Third Nuclear Age Project at the University of Leicester hosted a panel event to discuss what to expect at the next OEWG. Watch below:


Introductory Remarks

  • Eric Desautels, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, AVC, Department of State, US Government.


  • Dr Jessica West, Senior Researcher, Ploughshares Canada
  • Dr Rajeswari (Raji) Pillai Rajagopalan, Director of the Centre for Security, Strategy and Technology (CSST) at the Observer Research Foundation
  • Dr Bleddyn Bowen, Associate Professor, University of Leicester
  • Victoria Samson, Washington Office Director, Secure World Foundation


  • Nivedita Raju, Researcher, SIPRI


  • Anuradha Damale, Policy Fellow, BASIC, PhD Researcher, University of Leicester

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