Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Meet the Authors is a new video series featuring interviews with the researchers and scholars who have written and edited CGSR publications. Through this series, viewers can gain greater insight into the development, thinking, and events that have shaped these pieces.

“I became keenly interested in how space really undergirded U.S. conventional military capabilities,” Bahney says, “and how the conversation around space was increasingly moving towards this question of how space is transitioning from a sanctuary to a contested area where U.S. potential adversaries were posing new challenges. It adds a new layer to the U.S. security context and the U.S. security environment more broadly.”

For the inaugural Meet the Authors talk, CGSR Director Brad Roberts speaks with Ben Bahney about Space Strategy at a Crossroads: Opportunities and Challenges for 21st Century Competition. Bahney, a senior fellow at CGSR, edited the volume comprised of seven papers that explore the contemporary role of space in the security environment.

The volume arose in part from a CGSR workshop convened in December 2019 that was focused on space strategy and strategic competition.

“I do think there is a growing risk that the nuclear policy communities in the major powers are decoupling from each other. They absorb different information, they live in their respective information bubbles and they start to develop divergent views on factual issues which means it's very hard for them to develop sane perspectives. That creates a lot of risk for misunderstanding and misinterpretation,” says Zhao. “I think something needs to be done to bring the nuclear policy communities together, making sure they can communicate frequently, regularly and substantively with each other to contain the misunderstandings as much as possible.”

Tong Zhao is a senior fellow in the Nuclear Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace located at the Carnegie–Tsinghua Center for Global Policy in Beijing. He was previously a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow with the Managing the Atom Project at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology and received a B.S. in physics and an M.A. in international relations from Tsinghua University.

“Arms control is an instrument; it's not a goal in itself,” Baklitskiy says. “I still believe that legally binding treaties ratified by our respective parliaments are the best to conduct arms control...but if you cannot get legally binding treaties, it doesn't mean we should stop working and there are other things we can do without legally binding treaties...because in the end, the result is important, not the way in which we frame it.”

Andrey Baklitskiy is a consultant to the PIR Center, Moscow. He serves as a research fellow at the Center for Global Trends and International Organizations of the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry. Baklitskiy also writes regularly for the Russian newspapers RBC and Kommersant, and for the Carnegie Moscow Center. He holds a specialist degree in regional studies from the Urals Federal University.

“It was quite clear by the early 2010s that the non-nuclear weapons nations were very concerned about the risk of use of nuclear weapons—and the impact of any use of nuclear weapons,” Dunn says.

Lewis A. Dunn is an independent consultant based in the Washington DC area. He is a former assistant director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and served as ambassador to the 1985 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference. For nearly three decades thereafter, Dunn was a senior project manager and analyst at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.