Former UNIDIR director joins CISSM research team

January 21, 2015

Theresa Hitchens, the former director of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), is joining CISSM as a senior research scholar after 5 years at the U.N. body. At CISSM, Hitchens will conduct research and outreach relating to space security, cyber security, and the governance of disruptive technologies.

“Theresa brings a proven track-record for conducting high-quality, policy-relevant research on a range of issues at the core of CISSM’s agenda,” says John Steinbruner, director of CISSM. “Her commitment to developing creative approaches to global security challenges and her connections to the global policy community will be an asset to CISSM and the entire Maryland School of Public Policy community.”

Among her activities and accomplishments at UNIDIR, Hitchens served as a consultant to the U.N. Group of Governmental Experts on Transparency and Confidence Building Measures in Outer Space Activities, provided expert advice to the Conference on Disarmament regarding the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS), and launched UNIDIR's annual conference on cyber security. Hitchens also previously served as the director of the Center for Defense Information’s Space Security Project, as Research Director of the Washington affiliate of the British American Security Information Council (BASIC), and as editor of Defense News. Read more about Hitchens’ previous experience, publications, and affiliations.

"I am excited to be working with CISSM as part of a holistic, cross-disciplinary team to address the governance of disruptive, dual-use technologies,” says Hitchens. “In particular, I'm eager to help advance international agreement on cooperative steps to maintain the internet and outer space as sustainable and secure environments despite growing tensions.”

Hitchens will be giving a CISSM Forum talk on some of her research interests on February 12, 2015 at 12 noon in 1203 Van Munching Hall.