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Advocacy | Center for Inquiry February 12, 2014

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The Office of Public Policy

The Office of Public Policy (OPP) works on three levels:

At the grassroots level, the OPP works with CFI Centers and Communities on policy within the state and at the state level on federal issues. The OPP trains Friends of the Center to influence state and local level legislation, take part in political campaigns, and run for office.

At the federal level, the OPP lobbies the U.S. Congress and the Administration in three areas: science and reason; secularism, and humanist ethics. The OPP also cooperates with powerful coalitions to influence legislators through individual and group communications.

At the international level, the OPP supports the work of CFI at the United Nations by lobbying Congress and the State Department on UN-related issues.

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Historiography Of Outer Space: An Overview | Bio-Space-Politics October 19, 2013

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An exciting and very critical insight into the literary field of Outer Space gives the historian Asif A. Siddiqui in his essay “American Space History: Legacies, Questions, And Opportunities for Future Research.” Siddiqi points out that in particular the literature until  the 1990 had developed in four categories: 1 Exploration conquest 2 Competition system competition Technology uncritical enthusiasm for technology and Astronauts monographs.

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Institute for Science and International Security › About › About ISIS June 24, 2013

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About ISISThe Institute for Science and International Security ISIS is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. Its primary focus is on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons and related technology to other nations and terrorists, bringing about greater transparency of nuclear activities worldwide, strengthening the international non-proliferation regime, and achieving deep cuts in nuclear arsenals. ISIS is widely recognized both as a source of authoritative information on nuclear programs in states that seek or possess nuclear weapons and an important contributor to efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. ISIS’s projects integrate technical, scientific, and policy research in order to build a sound foundation for a wide variety of efforts to reduce the threat posed by nuclear weapons to U.S. and international security.ISIS was founded in 1993 on a belief that scientists have an obligation to play an active role in finding solutions to important national and international security problems. Since its inception, ISIS has produced internationally recognized technical assessments of proliferant-state efforts to acquire nuclear weapons. ISIS has an established record of distributing its findings and analysis widely among government officials, scientists, experts, the media, and the general public.  Media and government officials in turn often seek out ISIS for independent analysis on non-proliferation topics. During times of international crisis, ISIS’s balanced and credible analysis is often found at the center of public debates. It has worked regularly in the U.S. and abroad to unite government officials, independent experts, scientists, and the public in efforts to find credible strategies to solve U.S., regional, and global security problems.In two decades of experience, ISIS has demonstrated its ability to employ science in the pursuit of international peace.  ISIS’s effectiveness as a non-governmental organization was recognized in the 2011 and 2012 Global “Go-To Think Tanks” rankings, which placed ISIS in the top 25 Science and Technology Think Tanks in the world.

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