Almudena Azcárate Ortega is an associate researcher in the Space Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction programs at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Her research focuses on space security and missiles, and she is currently leading UNIDIR’s participation in the Open-Ended Working Group on Reducing Space Threats created under UN General Assembly resolution 76/231. Prior to joining UNIDIR, Almudena was a research assistant at Georgetown University Law Center, where she is currently an S.J.D. candidate. She also holds an LL.M. in national security law from the same institution. Almudena received her LL.B. from the University of Navarra. She is admitted to practise law in Spain, and prior to her studies at Georgetown, she was a practising attorney specializing in international arbitration and litigation.