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Svetla Ben-Itzhak

Assistant Professor of Space and International Relations, Air University

Svetla Ben-Itzhak is an Assistant Professor of Space Seminar and International Security at Air University with the West Space Seminar, Air War College. Prior to this position, she taught for many years at Kansas State University. She has developed and taught classes on space security, international security, global security threats, US politics, and applied linguistics, among others.

One of her current research interests is studying current and past power configurations in space politics in order to project their long-term effects on international relations on the ground as well as their future developments in space. Within this general theme, she is building a quantitative database on space power capabilities. She is also completing a book on Space Security (contracted with the MIT Press). For more information, check her website.


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, Space and IR, West Space Seminar, Air War College, Air University


  • 2015 
    University of Kansas, Political Science