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ASPI at 15

By The Honourable Kim Beazley AC, Peter Jennings, Mark Thomson, John Howard, Robert O'Neill, Elsina Wainwright and Hugh White

ASPI was registered as a wholly government-owned company on 22 August 2001, but it was several years earlier when Ian McLachlan, the first Defence Minister of the Howard government, saw the need to establish an institute to provide an alternate source of advice on defence and strategic policy.

The articles in this Strategic Insights paper, originally published on the ASPI Strategist website in August 2016, come from a number of individuals who deeply wanted the institute to succeed and indeed were prepared to invest their own effort to make it happen. While turning 15 is a good time to reflect on growth and early experiences, ASPI’s most productive years are still ahead of it.