The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney (USSC) is proud to announce the launch of its Women in the Alliance initiative.

“The Women in the Alliance initiative promises to train up next-generation women leaders on alliance issues. The need for a large, diverse and accomplished cohort of experts shaping alliance cooperation is now greater than ever,” Dr Michael Green, USSC CEO said.

The Women in the Alliance initiative will facilitate cross-border and cross-sectoral dialogue across key alliance issues including trade and investment, diplomacy and development, defence, space and critical technologies, and climate resilience.

The initiative will feature an exclusive Women in the Alliance Network of early career female professionals who will meet quarterly for expert roundtables, professional development and issue-based workshops. The program will also bring visiting experts from the United States, host high-profile public events for alliance leaders and publish commissioned research on alliance issues.

Speaking at the launch event on 30 August at the Mint in Sydney, former Foreign Minister and Chancellor of the Australian National University Julie Bishop said, "I believe this initiative is another example of how this alliance can continue to develop and grow."

US Consul-General in Sydney Christine Elder noted, "This network will contribute to accelerating progress in essential fields, breaking down barriers and creating gender equality. We know that results improve in concert with increases of female engagement in key fields driving the alliance, so, thank you for fostering this opportunity for growth."

Dr Green concluded, “I am proud to have three Centre researchers, Alice Nason, Sophie Mayo and Victoria Cooper lead on this initiative to pioneer cutting-edge solutions to the complex issues before Australia, the United States and its allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific and to amplify the expert work of women leaders already operating in this space.”

Expressions of interest to join the Women in the Alliance Network are now open. More information is available here.

Register your interest to subscribe to the latest developments with the initiative.

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