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An archive of all the latest news from the AALD


In Rememberance: Tim Fischer AC

Last Thursday, Australia awoke to the news we had lost one of our favourite sons;  Tim Fischer, had lost his long battle with cancer. A long-standing friend of the Leadership Dialogue, Tim has been described as the quintessential Australian; having fought for his country in Vietnam, returning to run the family farm and subsequently entering…  View Article...

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Partnership in Practice: 2019 AALD Gala Dinner Keynote Address

On August 8 – 10, the Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) hosted its 27th Leadership Dialogue program in Perth, WA. The 2019 program positioned Western Australia as the ‘Gateway to the Indo-Pacific;’ inviting delegates to explore themes of partnership, defence, cyber security, trade and ethics in the digital age, in closed-door sessions. A highlight of…  View Article...

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Not your average breakfast conversation…

  YLD USA meets with Futurist Jamie Metzl on 18 July 2019 More than 20 young leaders (YLD USA) had the opportunity to meet with futurist, Jamie Metzl, and author of new best seller, “Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humanity, a compendium of next-gen advice for the implantation and management of next-gen…  View Article...

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Leadership Dialogue Tribute to Bob Hawke – The People’s Prime Minister

LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE TRIBUTE TO BOB HAWKE—the people’s Prime Minister Bob Hawke, the Australian people’s Prime Minister, had the natural instincts of statesmanship. An important conversation in the Oval Office between Prime Minister Bob Hawke and President George HW Bush led to the President’s visit to Australia in 1992. Prime Minister Hawke’s invitation was supported and…  View Article...

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ADM Rogers (Ret.) Receives Order of Australia (AO)

Admiral Michael S. Rogers AO USN (Ret) and Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) Founder Phil Scanlan AM at the Investiture Ceremony for Admiral Rogers in the Order of Australia as Honorary Officer Government House, Canberra February 10, 2019, Admiral Rogers joined the US Advisory Board of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue April 30, 2019 Phil…  View Article...

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Upon Reflection: 2019 Australian Federal Election

In the lead up to the 2019 Australian Federal Election, we reflect back to the 2018 Leadership Dialogue Forum in Washington DC. Each year, the bipartisan Leadership Dialogue Forum convenes leaders from government, industry, media and the community to help review and refine the parameters of the Australian-American bilateral relationship. The 2018 Leadership Dialogue Forum was…  View Article...

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A Warm Welcome to the 2019-2020 AUS YLD Cohort!

The 2019-2020 AUS Young Leadership Dialogue (YLD) cohort was warmly welcomed this week at the 2019 YLD Welcome Reception in Sydney, NSW. Hosted at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the cohort was joined by YLD Co-Chairs, Michelle Blanchard and Lyria Bennett-Moses, AUS-based Program Manager, Anna Kumar, second-year YLD delegates,  AUS-based Alumni, AALD Chair, Hon Mark Vaile AO,…  View Article...

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A Warm Welcome to the 2019-2020 US YLD Cohort!

The 2019-2020 US Young Leadership Dialogue (YLD) cohort was warmly welcomed this week at the 2019 YLD Welcome Reception in Washington DC. Hosted on Capitol Hill, the cohort was joined by our US-based Program Managers, Shaun Gordon and Amie Stepanovich, second-year YLD delegates,  US-based Alumni, AALD Vice-Chair Julie Singer Scanlan AO, ADM Mike Rogers (Ret.),…  View Article...

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Post-Event Report: WCLD 2019

2019 West Coast Leadership Dialogue | 13 – 17 January The Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) launched its 13th annual West Coast Leadership Dialogue (WCLD) program on 13 January in Seattle, WA, San Francisco and Palo Alto, CA. Convening the largest and most significant, private delegation of Australian leaders to ever visit Seattle, the 2019…  View Article...

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AALD Board Member, Professor Sandra Harding Appointed to Order of Australia

AALD Board Member and James Cook University Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding has been appointed an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day 2019 honours list. Professor Harding has been recognised for her distinguished service to education at the national and international level, and to the community of…  View Article...

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William J. Broad on Camp Fires, Miniaturisation and the Future of our Planet

  It’s a Briefcase! It’s a Pizza Box! No, It’s a Mini Satellite Orbiting instruments are now so small they can be launched by the dozens, and even high school students can build them. Recently, officials in California announced that the Camp Fire, the deadliest wildfire in the state’s history, had been fully contained. The achievement was made…  View Article...

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Brendan Nicholson on the Impact and Landing of the F-35

When Night Becomes Day: F-35s join the RAAF The arrival today of the first two operational joint strike fighters will strengthen the deterrent effect of the whole Australian Defence Force, says Air Marshal Leo Davies. The Royal Australian Air Force chief tells The Strategist that allies and potential enemies will look at the ADF, with its stealthy…  View Article...

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YLD Alumnus, John Tass-Parker Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 for 2019

The Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) would like to congratulate YLD Alumnus, John Tass-Parker on making Forbes’ 30 Under 30 for Law and Policy in 2019. John has been a valuable and active participant in the Young Leadership Dialogue Alumni program and we look forward to his continued collaboration in the future. Full article can…  View Article...

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Post-Event Report: Honolulu Leadership Dialogue 2018

2018 Honolulu Leadership Dialogue | 30 September – 02 October  The 11th annual Honolulu Leadership Dialogue (HLD) was held at a pivotal time for the Indo-Pacific region. Commencing on 30 September 2018, the HLD began with a celebration of 100 years of Australian-American Mateship; the anniversary of the first time our troops fought side by…  View Article...

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In Reflection: 2018 AALD Forum Washington DC

2018 AALD & YLD Academies: Fort Worth & Detroit, Michigan  AALD Defense Academy Fort Worth, TX In the lead up to the 2018 Leadership Dialogue Forum, the AALD hosted a dynamic and engaging Defense Academy in Fort Worth, TX: a collaboration with Lockheed Martin Australia & Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. The 2018 AALD Defense Academy program…  View Article...