For more than a decade, the Honolulu Leadership Dialogue (HLD) has engaged decision makers in discussions surrounding the challenges facing Australia and the United States in the vast Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The Honolulu Leadership Dialogue is a deeply stimulating event; one that helps to challenge assumptions, open new lines of thinking and establish new relationships focused on the vital role of Australian-American cooperation as a foundation for democracy, openness and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific.

The Honolulu Leadership Dialogue engages with the US Indo-Pacific Command and Australian Defence specialists on regional security. The University of Hawaii and the East West Centre play an active role in the Honolulu Leadership Dialogue bringing a unique perspective to changing balances of power and trajectories of economic integration within the region. The Honolulu Leadership Dialogue examines the mutual perspectives of these challenges and the opportunities for Australia and the US.

Each year the HLD is jointly hosted by US Indo Pacific Command, the East-West Center and the University of Hawaii

United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) is a unified combatant command of the United States Armed Forces responsible for the Indo-Pacific region. It is the oldest and largest of the combatant commands.


The East- West Center promotes better relations and understanding amongst the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.

The University of Hawai’I system includes 10 campuses and educational, training and research centers across the Hawaiian Islands. As a public system of higher education in Hawai’i, the University of Hawaii offers unique and diverse opportunities.