Alliance 21 Fellow
Bryden Spurling is the 2019 Alliance 21 Fellow at the United States Studies Centre. During his Fellowship, Bryden will be based in Washington DC to research opportunities for Australia and the United States to work together to strengthen liberal democracy for a more competitive and disrupted world.
Bryden was most recently Acting Assistant Secretary for Strategic Policy in the Australian Department of Defence, having spent 10 years in defence strategy and policy. His experience includes developing Australia’s Defence White Paper and its classified equivalent, the Defence Planning Guidance.
Prior to this, Bryden worked across a range of roles in policy and politics, including as the science, higher education and foreign policy adviser to a Senator in Australia’s Parliament, and as a policy adviser to Australia’s Chief Scientist.