On Tuesday 9 May 2023, the Foreign Policy and Defence program at the United States Studies Centre, the Centre for Security, Diplomacy and Strategy (CSDS) at the Brussels School of Governance, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in the United States co-hosted the second “Bridging Allies” workshop in Sydney.

Held at the historic Mint building in Sydney's downtown, the event brought together experts from across three continents to identify opportunities for closer cross-regional collaboration and cooperation among US allies and partners. The workshop discussions covered a wide range of topics, including cross-regional strategic assessments, strengthening military deterrence, defence industrial cooperation, and economic security coordination. The workshop presentations will be published in major policy outlets in the coming months.

The Bridging Allies project is a two-year project led by CSDS that brings together policy practitioners and experts from Europe, the Indo-Pacific and the United States to offer recommendations on how to strengthen links between NATO and US allies in the Indo-Pacific. Further details about the project can be viewed here.

This event was generously supported by the Australian Government through a grant by the Australian Department of Defence’s Strategic Policy Grants Program (SPGP) led by the CSDS team.