Phil Scanlan AM – Founder
Phil Scanlan AM – Founder
The Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) is a private diplomatic initiative, which brings together Australian and American leaders from government, enterprise, media, education and the community to help review and refine the parameters of the Australian-American bilateral relationship.
Australia’s relationship with the United States is a cornerstone of their global engagement. As Australia’s number one strategic and economic partner, the United States is critical to Australia’s capacity to enhance regional security and help underwrite economic and cultural prosperity, not only for Australians and Americans, but for the entirety of the Indo Pacific region. A strengthened Australian-US partnership enables us to contribute to a robust, stable and economically healthy world. Yet there are stresses in the bilateral relationship, which are not in Australia’s, or the region’s, interests. These stresses demand careful and sober engagement.
50 outstanding YLD delegates participated in the 2023 YLD AU Retreat at Australian Parliament House in March. The three-day program was robust, creative and challenging including private, closed-door briefings with parliamentarians on leadership, democracy, indigenous issues, defence, trade, climate and energy.
Australian American Leadership Dialogue Young Leadership Dialogue event, Parliament House, Canberra, 23 March 2023. Photos by Sean Davey.
The 15th Honolulu Leadership Dialogue was the first in-person dialogue held in Honolulu since 2019, and it was our largest ever delegation to Honolulu.
The 2022 HLD included close engagement with US Indo-Pacific Command, the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii. The purpose, resonance and need for the Honolulu Leadership Dialogue have never been more urgent and the delegation explored the increasingly challenging role that Australia and the United States have to play, in partnership with our allies, to foster peace, prosperity and stability across the vast Indo-Pacific.
The AALD celebrated its 30th Anniversary Forum in July, in Washington, DC. More than 200 Australian and US leaders from government, defence and security, business, trade and academia participated in a three day multi-tiered ,in person program.
The 2022 AALD 30th Anniversary Forum focused on what we have achieved in the past three decades and to reinforce our commitment to review and refine the parameters of the Australian – American bilateral relationship at this critically important time. Delegates had the opportunity to test, develop and leverage ideas that move our countries forward more powerfully in purposeful partnership.