4 August 2015. Frank A. Rose, Assistant Secretary of State Department- Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC), made an afternoon lecture on the role of diplomacy in maintaining the long-term sustainability and security of the outer space environment.
The event on 23 June 2015 began with welcoming words by guest moderator Per Tegner, former Director of the Swedish Space Agency, former Chairman of the ESA Council, and Member of ESPI’s Advisory Council. Following introductory remarks, Frank A. Rose, Assistant Secretary of State Department- Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance (AVC), proceeded to frame the lecture in terms of the challenges to the space environment, and how diplomacy can be used to respond to those challenges, especially with regard to matters of space situational awareness. The discussion addressed debris matters, and how its mitigation would require a comprehensive diplomatic approach on both the national and international levels. The development of the draft International Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities was given as a multi-lateral example of such diplomacy. The lecture was followed by a discussion with the audience.