The Director

Theresa Hitchens has been Director of UNIDIR since January 2009. Previously, she was director of the Center for Defense Information and led its Space Security Project, in cooperation with Secure World Foundation. The author of Future Security in Space: Charting a Cooperative Course, she has written on space and nuclear arms control issues for a number of journals and publications. She serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Space.

Theresa has had a long career in journalism, with a focus on military, defence industry and NATO affairs. She was Director of Research at the British American Security Information Council, a think tank based in Washington and London. Prior to that, she was with Defense News from 1988 to 2000, including five years as the newspaper's first Brussels bureau chief from 1989 to 1993, and as the Editor from 1998 to 2000. From 1983 to 1988, she worked at Inside Washington Publishers, covering issues from nuclear waste to electronic warfare and military space.

Some of her publications include:

"The United Nations and its Efforts to Develop Treaties, Conventions or Guidelines to Address Key Space Issues Including the De-weaponization of Space and Orbital Debris", in Pelton and Jakhu (eds), Space Safety Regulations and Standards, 2010.

"Multilateralism in Space: Opportunities and Challenges for Achieving Space Security", Space & Defense, vol. 4, no. 2, 2010.

"Saving Space: Threat Proliferation and Mitigation", commissioned in 2009 by the International Commission on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament.

"Debris, Traffic Management, and Weaponization: Opportunities for and Challenges to Cooperation in Space", The Brown Journal of World Affairs, vol. 14, no. 1, 2007.

"The Perfect Storm: International Reaction to the Bush National Space Policy", High Frontier, vol. 3, no. 2, 2007.

European Military Space Capabilities: A Primer, with Tomas Valasek, 2006.

Future Security in Space: Charting a Cooperative Course, 2004.