Minimizing the Negative Effects of Advances in Military-Relevant Space Capabilities on Strategic Stability


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Nancy W. Gallagher and Jaganath Sankaran
Promoting Dialogue on Arms Control and Disarmament

Nancy W. Gallagher is a research professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, the director of the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM), and the former director of the Clinton administration’s Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Ratification Task Force. Her current research includes a book project on Strategic Logics for Arms Control; initiatives to improve cybersecurity decision-making; and strategies to reduce risks from nuclear, cyber, space, and other dual-use technologies. Dr. Gallagher is the author of The Politics of Verification (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999) and co-author of four monographs: The Desirability and Feasibility of Strategic Trade Controls on Emerging Technologies (2023), Comprehensive Nuclear Material Accounting (2014); Reconsidering the Rules for Space Security (2008); and Controlling Dangerous Pathogens (2007). Starting in 2014, Dr. Gallagher and colleagues have also published reports based on in-depth surveys they field several times a year on Iranian public opinion on nuclear policy, domestic politics, and regional security.

Jaganath Sankaran is an assistant professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a nonresident fellow in the Foreign Policy program at the Brookings Institution. He studies the impact of emerging technological advances on weapons systems and strategic stability. His current research focuses on missile defenses, space weapons, and military net assessments. He has held fellowships at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and the RAND Corporation, and has served on study groups of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Physical Society. Dr. Sankaran’s research has been published in International Security, Contemporary Security Policy, Journal of Strategic Studies, and several other leading academic and policy publications.