ASPI opens office in Washington DC
Defense Minister Peter Dutton has announced that the Australian government will support the Australian Strategic Policy Institute to open an office in Washington DC.
“The entire ASPI team is delighted with the government’s decision to support the opening of an office in Washington DC,” said ASPI Chairman of the Board, Lt. General (retired) Ken Gillespie.
“We are particularly pleased that this is happening on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the US-Australian alliance and also of the 20th year of activity of ASPI.
“Australia has a deep interest in contributing to strategic policy thinking in Washington DC through that city’s vibrant think tank community.
“I am grateful to Mr. Dutton for his endorsement of the quality, depth and value of ASPI’s work in contributing to the contestability of policy advice.”
How the United States engages in the Indo-Pacific region, with China, with regional friends of the United States, and with treaty allies is deeply important to Australia and global security.
ASPI said it would seek to further strengthen bilateral relations by becoming a more active participant in debates in US defense and national security think tanks.
These think tanks are often the source of new policy ideas and are designed to be able to experiment, develop and explain innovative policy ideas.
“The ASPI Washington DC office will function as a branch office and will be an integral part of ASPI in Canberra, as such the business model will mirror that of ASPI which has been successfully developed over the past twenty years, ”said the Director. ASPI Executive Peter Jennings.
“ASPI’s work focuses on original, non-partisan, empirical research, a capacity for political innovation, and an ability to shape policy outcomes in the real world.”