A private diplomatic
initiative for Australian
and American Leaders

Welcome to the Australian American Leadership Dialogue

The Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) is a private diplomatic initiative, which brings together Australian and American Leaders from government, enterprise, space and technology, 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 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.


2023 AALD Canberra Forum

The 2023 Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) Forum was held at Australian Parliament House Canberra, Australia from 10 to 12 August. The theme for the 2023 Forum in Canberra was:…

The 2024 AALD Australian Scholar Tour

The AALD was deeply honoured to host LtGen Stephen D. Sklenka, Deputy Commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command as the 2024 Australian American Leadership Dialogue Scholar…

2024 Young Leadership Dialogue Melbourne Retreat

Fifty outstanding YLD delegates participated in the 2024 YLD AU Retreat in Melbourne in March. The three-day program was robust, creative, and challenging including private…

AALD Programs

Australian American Leadership Dialogue

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West Coast Leadership Dialogue

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Honolulu Leadership Dialogue

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Young Leadership

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Young Leadership Dialogue Alumni Program

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Our Pillars

The AALD has an intense focus on the key pillars of policy importance to both nations across its plenaries and focussed laneway discussions, from geo-political challenges to the rapidly changing economic environment, technology and innovation, cyber opportunities and challenges and nurturing and promoting democracy.

Security, Defence & Cyber
Economics & Trade
Education & Community Cohesion
Innovation and Technology
Health & Biotechnology
Energy & Climate
Future of Democracy

Thanks to
Our Partners

We thank all of our partners for their support and contributions.