The Eisenhower Institute's Future of Space project is engaged in a study to produce a politically viable and technically feasible set of rules defining a security regime for the future use of space. Our approach is based on a vision that integrates the interests of all space stakeholders-military and civilian, domestic and international-within a new security framework that underscores the principle of space as an international resource that can and should be used by the countries of the world for economic and scientific development. At the same time, this regime will have measures in place that can keep proliferation in check and avoid the necessity to use weapons in space to protect national assets, making even weapons of deterrence, which could ignite an arms race, unnecessary.
The Safeguarding the Atom project, run by The Eisenhower Institute and funded by NTI, was designed to engage the VNIITF nuclear weapons design lab in Snezhinsk, Russia in an effort to build an informal bilateral interactive process focused on finding solutions to the most pressing issues/obstacles in US-Russian non-proliferation cooperation and to facilitate an understanding of the inner thinking of the leading figures of the Russian nuclear establishment, especially as it relates to the war on terrorism and the safety of the nuclear weapons arsenal. The Eisenhower Institute has been an integral, and at times the exclusive, intermediary between VNIITF and the Department of Energy in support of these nonproliferation objectives. In addition to acting as a highly confidential, back-channel conduit between DOE and VNIITF, the Institute has begun to incorporate new innovative programs aimed at fostering and expanding our relationship with VNIITF.
NATO Expansion and the International Coalition In Europe
The Eisenhower Institute has promoted debate on NATO expansion and has closely followed the expansion process since the first round in 1997. This section contains commentary and articles by Institute fellows and distinguished scholars and political figures from the United States, Europe, and Russia.
The International Coalition and Islam in Central Asia
The Institute's objective is to engage leading international practitioners on how countries with legacies of combating terrorism have attempted to address security threats, enhance our understanding of Islam in its many forms and advise American policymakers on practical approaches to the challenges now facing the U.S.
Ballistic Missile Defense
The Eisenhower Institute convened a working group that is outlining a framework for consideration of the issues of Missile Defense that can contribute to decision and action. It will comment on the political and diplomatic process involved with the Administration's campaign to implement its Missile Defense policy and seek to increase domestic understanding of the issue.
Democracy and Accountable Governance
This program examines the implications of how the United States government structures itself to meet its objectives. By analyzing key organizational principles and program goals, such as those being developed for the new Department of Homeland Security, it seeks to strengthen American democracy, improve government efficiency, and increase public confidence in the system.
Civil Rights: Looking Back and Moving Forward
The Institute took part in a number of important commemorations including the 50th Anniversaries of the integration of Little Rock High School and the Civil Rights Act of 1957.