The Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) has been held every year since 1993, alternating between Washington D.C. and Australian cities.

As we face global challenges to democracy, the importance of the Leadership Dialogue in facilitating discussions surrounding the geopolitical, economic, and social challenges that underpin the framework of our civil society has never been more important.

Since 1992, leaders of multiple demographics have gathered at Leadership Dialogues in various cities across our two nations to shape the direction of the bilateral relationship.

The AALD Forum allows a rich and ongoing dialogue to develop across a wide range of themes, including economics and trade, security and defence, foreign policy, domestic politics, innovation and technology, energy and climate, health, cyber security, and emerging social impact issues.

The bilateral and bipartisan nature of the Leadership Dialogue facilitates the pragmatic and free-flowing exchange of ideas that has become a hallmark of AALD events. The high calibre of discussion and debate leads to the formation of support for strategic policy in both countries.

The AALD is the most important , and surely the most singular, exercise in private diplomacy in the history of Australia.

GREG SHERIDAN, FOREIGN EDITOR, THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER