WERXshops! Speaker Series: Dr. Namrata Goswami

September 1, 2022

MGMWERX proudly presents WERXshops, a series of events, demonstrations, discussions, and seminars designed to provide Air University students, Airmen, and the public with opportunities to learn from the best Subject Matter Experts. We are bringing you expertise representing academia, industry, technology, innovation, national security, foreign policy, space and so much more.

TOPIC | China’s Quest for Influence in International Order: Space, Hybrid Warfare and impact on U.S. National Security

Great power conflict has for millennia been earth-based. However, humanity is now at a pivot point where the great powers may take their conflicts into space. The United States needs to maintain its military primacy to deter adversaries from starting disputes resulting in catastrophic conflicts. The recent Space Capstone Publication, “Spacepower,” summed up the U.S. Space Force’s main challenge: “The U.S. must adapt its national security space organizations, doctrine, and capabilities to deter and defeat aggression and protect national interests in space.” The document cites the late U.S. Air Force General Bernard Schriever, who notably stated in 1957 that “our safety as a nation may depend upon our achieving space superiority.” President Barack Obama similarly argued that great power conflict is passé and the United States should prioritize multilateral issues such as terrorism, climate change, nuclear proliferation, pandemics, energy, and migration. However, many of the global flashpoints today are great power motivated. Space may intensify and amplify these flashpoints. Space itself may become the ultimate flashpoint. 

The September installment of WERXShops will feature Dr. Namrata Goswami, a revolutionary, independent scholar on space policy and Great Power Politics. Drawing upon more than 20 years of working on China, the rise of Asia as a determining factor in the balance of the future international order, and the role of space and hybrid warfare, Dr. Goswami will explain what that means for the U.S. national security as it pushes for a democratic international order. She will speak to the motivating factors behind China’s global rise, the context of Asian geography that either helps and /or limits that rise, and the role of strategic and regional culture. Based on a decade long fieldwork in some of the borderlands of China-India-Burma, she will bring in the voices of those that the rise of China has deeply affected, and why that matters as we understand the global consequences of a Communist Party of China led state regime for regional and international balance of power. 

The event will be September 19th at 12:00pm CDT at MGMWERX in Montgomery, AL.

Doors open at 11:30am CDT and the discussion begins at 12:00pm CDT.

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Meet the Speaker

Dr. Namrata Goswami is an independent scholar on space policy and Great Power Politics. She is a Faculty Associate at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona State University for their Executive Master of Global Management, Space Leadership, Business and Policy. She is a consultant for Space Fund Intelligence and a guest lecturer at the seminar on “India Today: Economics, Politics, Innovation & Sustainability”, Emory University. She was subject matter expert in international affairs with Futures Laboratory, Alabama. She worked as

  • Research Fellow at MP-Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses, New Delhi
  • Visiting Fellow at Peace Research Institute, Oslo, Norway
  • La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany Jennings-Randolph Senior Fellow
  • United States Institute of Peace
  • Fulbright Senior Fellowship Awardee.
  • Awarded the Minerva grant by Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense to study great power competition in outer space.

In April 2019, Dr. Goswami testified before the U.S-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s space program. Her co-authored book, Scramble for the Skies: The Great Power Competition to Control the Resources of Outer Space, was published 2020 by Lexington Press Rowman and Littlefield. Her book on The Naga Ethnic Movement for a Separate Homeland was published in 2020 by Oxford University Press. She has published widely to include in The Diplomat, the Economic Times, The Washington Post, Ad Astra, Asia Policy, Live Encounters Magazine, Cairo Review. She was invited in November 2019 to share about her life and her work at a Tedx event held at the Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Alabama. She is currently working on two academic book projects, one on China’s Grand Strategy and Notions of Territoriality and the other on Spacepower Theory and Practice: Case Studies of U.S. China, India, Russia and Japan.

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Read Ahead

APFC PUBLICATIONS

https://www.afpc.org/publications/articles/great-power-strategic-competition-on-earth-and-in-space

Great Power Strategic Competition on Earth and in Space

By Lamont Colucci, Joshua Carlson 

The Space Force Journal

Published July 20, 2021

POLITICO

https://www.politico.com/news/2021/12/31/2022-space-race-china-us-526271

‘We’re falling behind’: 2022 seen as a pivotal lap in the space race with China

By BRYAN BENDER

Published December 31, 2021