As part of CISSM's ongoing work to foster U.S.-Russian cooperation on a range of international security issues, CISSM Interim Director Nancy Gallagher and Senior Research Scholar Theresa Hitchens visited Moscow from September 26 to October 1, 2016 to meet with faculty and students at The Institute for USA and Canada Studies (ISKRAN) and attend a PIR Center conference on cyber and space security issues.
Through its “Collaborative Education and Cooperative Security” project, CISSM and ISKRAN have during the past 17 years kept up a vibrant program of student and faculty exchanges that have created long-term relationships among international affairs and security scholars. At ISKRAN, Gallagher and Hitchens met with ISKRAN leader Sergey Rogov and ISKRAN's faculty board, and lectured senior students on issues related to the U.S. presidential election and space security. In addition, they met with Major General (retired) Pavel Zolotarev, deputy director of ISKRAN, and Vladimir Agapov, senior scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics, to discuss possible collaboration on the ongoing CISSM/CODER project to develop an open source space object database.
Hitchens also presented at the PIR Center's day-long conference, "Agenda for the XXI Century -- New Technologies and Challenges for Global Security" on legal approaches to space security.
Gallagher and Hitchens also held consultations with PIR Center representatives, and Russian government officials regarding U.S.-Russian relations, and cooperation on nonproliferation, space security and cyber security.