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Tensions on Earth don’t have to affect outer space diplomacy

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Space Daily, July 2023

If the United States and the former Soviet Union could cooperate on space efforts during the Cold War, then tensions between nations on Earth today don’t have to extend to diplomacy and agreements governing outer space.

That’s according to speakers at a recent webinar organized by the Space Diplomacy Lab at Duke, part of the university’s Rethinking Diplomacy program.

“Plans to have Russian-U.S. cooperation in space emerged in the height of the Cold War and continued. There’s this kind of legacy of those efforts, there should be a way to keep that spirit of, ‘we can still do this,’ alive …,” said webinar keynote speaker Mai’a K. Davis Cross, director of the Center for International Affairs and World Cultures at Northeastern University.

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