April 16: US-Taiwan Cooperation in Space: Past, Future, and Regional Implications

April 16: US-Taiwan Cooperation in Space: Past, Future, and Regional Implications

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

** Please note that this event will not take place at GTI’s office.

Location: Capitol Hill, Russell Senate Office Building Room 385, 2 Constitution Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Event Description

The Global Taiwan Institute and the International Assessment and Strategy Center will be hosting a symposium on “US-Taiwan Cooperation in Space: Past, Future, and Regional Implications.”

On March 26, 2019 the Trump Administration redirected the priorities of the US space program with Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement of the goal to return Americans to the Moon in five years. It has also been an ambition under the Obama and Trump Administrations to extend commercial economic activity in space to the Moon and Mars. In order to succeed the United States will require many partners to share risks and burdens. Though it does not merit as much attention as other aspect of their relationship, Taiwan has long been a partner of the US in space. Through its National Space Organization (NSO), Taiwan has contributed to experiments on the International Space Station and has joined previous National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Moon science programs. American space launch vehicles have put a series of Taiwanese-made satellites in space and this cooperation was highlighted by Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s August 19, 2018 visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Prospects for future US-Taiwan government and commercial space cooperation and their regional implications will be explored by our panelists. 

Registration will begin at 11:30 AM. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:00 PM. Kindly RSVP by April 14. Please direct questions or concerns to Research Associate Katherine Schultz at rsvp@globaltaiwan.org.

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**Media: Please contact Katherine Schultz at rsvp@globaltaiwan.org if you would like to bring additional crew members or equipment, so that we can be sure to accommodate you.


Thomas DiNanno is the deputy assistant secretary of State for defense policy, emerging threats, and outreach in the Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureau. In this role he oversees the implementation and oversight of missile defense and space policy in support of US national security policies and objectives; promotes and implements bilateral and multilateral arms control transparency and confidence building measures with key allies and international stakeholders; and manages the Bureau’s strategic planning and outreach activities. Mr. DiNanno served as senior fellow for homeland security and critical infrastructure protection at the International Assessment and Strategy Center from 2008-2017. Mr. DiNanno received his MS in business and urban planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, an MA in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy in 1993. He received a BA in economics and Latin American studies from Middlebury College in 1989.

David An is the senior research fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute, where he speaks and publishes his writings on diplomacy, security, and economics in the East Asia region. He was previously a political-military affairs officer covering the East Asia region at the US State Department where his responsibilities involved coordinating bilateral diplomatic dialogues, arms sales decision making, and working closely with the Department of Defense. After five years at the US State Department, Mr. An became a senior project manager on the THAAD missile system at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. An was a US Fulbright Scholar traveling and researching democracy in Taiwan and village elections in China. He received his MA from UCSD Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy and his BA from UC Berkeley.

Adam Routh is a research associate with the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security and a PhD student in the Defence Studies Department at King’s College London. His work focuses on national security space policy, and specifically, how the United States should respond to increased commercial and military use of outer space. Mr. Routh previously worked in the private sector where he facilitated training for Department of Defense components. Mr. Routh also served as a Special Operation’s Joint Fires Observer team leader with the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment. While serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Mr. Routh deployed to Afghanistan multiple times. Mr. Routh is a graduate of the Army’s Ranger and Airborne courses. Mr. Routh received his MA in international relations and conflict resolution from American Military University. His Master’s thesis analyzed the Cold War Space Race against concepts of power, and specifically, soft power.

Rick Fisher is a senior fellow on Asian military affairs at the International Assessment and Strategy Center and a member of GTI’s Advisory Board. Mr. Fisher is a recognized authority on the PRC military and the Asian military balance and their implications for Asia and the United States. His most recent book is China’s Military Modernization: Building for Regional and Global Reach (Praeger Security International). Mr. Fisher has worked on Asian security matters for over 20 years in a range of critical positions—as Asian Studies director at the Heritage Foundation, senior analyst for Chairman Chris Cox’s Policy Committee in support of the report of the Select Committee for US National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China, and a consultant on PLA issues for the Congressionally chartered US China Security & Economic Review Commission.

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