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Swords into ploughshares, and outer space for peaceful purposes: this once-threatening SS-18 is now an almost-charming historical relict of the Cold War.

November 2006: the UN Workshop on space law capacity building visits the Makarov Machine Building Plant in Dnepropetrovsk, once building nuclear missiles targeted at the West, now owned by commercial enterprise Yuzhnoye and its Yuzmash design factory. Further in the picture, amongst others, Sergiy Negoda (UNOOSA, Vienna), Maria Buzdugan (McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal), Prof. Anatoly Kapustin (People's Friendship University, Moscow), Prof. Gennady Zhukov (People's Friendship University, Moscow), Prof. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni (University of Padua), Dr. Michael Gerhard (German Aerospace Center), Prof. Vladimir Kopal (University of Pilsen), Prof. Ram Jakhu (McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal), Prof. Nipant Chitasombat (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok), Prof. José Monserrat Filho (Brazilian Society of Space Law), Niklas Hedman (UNOOSA, Vienna); Diane Howard (USA).

©Jakhu, 2006, published with kind permission.