Video Highlight: The Legacy of Sputnik

Video Highlight: The Legacy of Sputnik

More on:

Technology and Innovation

Russia

Space

Matthew Brzezinski, an author and former Wall Street Journal Moscow correspondent, and Roger D. Lanius, a space historian at the Smithsonian Institute, discuss the legacy of Sputnik fifty years after its launch. Though initial concerns among the American public centered around the orbiting Soviet satellite overhead, both speakers agree the rocket used to launch it was more significant, as it was effectively the first intercontinental ballistic missile. In the United States, Sputnik spurred a renewed focus on science and engineering, giving birth to a wave of innovation that eventually produced the Apollo moon landings and the creation of the Internet.

Up

Explore More on CFR

Venezuela

The answer to Venezuela’s crisis is not military intervention. The United States and neighboring countries should instead focus on a widespread diplomatic, financial, and humanitarian response.

Economic Crises

Sebastian Mallaby, the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at CFR and a contributing columnist for the Washington Post, joins James M. Lindsay to discuss the collapsing currency valuations in places like Turkey, Argentina, and South Africa.

South Korea

Can South Korea’s Moon Jae-in broker a process for North Korean denuclearization acceptable to both Washington and Pyongyang?