The Aspen Institute has international partners in Prague, Czech Republic; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Rome, Italy; Bucharest, Romania; Madrid, Spain; New Delhi, India; Tokyo, Japan; and Mexico City, México. These centers conduct independently developed and supported programs, conferences, and seminars on region-specific issues, global challenges, and leadership development. Each partner works closely with the Aspen Institute to develop unique programming but also to stay true to a mission of values-based leadership and enlightened dialogue.
Our international partners focus on the development of leadership networks and informed dialogue about the values and principles of democracy, the rule of law, and a wide array of economic, financial, social, and political topics. The centers host seminars, workshops, conferences, and policy programs for high-level leaders and decision-makers to encourage discussion and debate on global, foreign policy, defense, and trade issues as well as current political and international affairs.
Recent international events have included leadership seminars for young scientific researchers and political leaders and the new leaders in the Middle East and North Africa; conferences on the economic crisis in a globalized world, the challenges of nuclear energy; roundtables on financing technology startups in Romania, reforming Italy’s public administration, and the tradeoffs between privacy and technology; seminars on the classics for Japanese high school students; and symposia on leadership, philanthropy, and human rights advocacy.
Elliot Gerson is our Executive Vice President of Policy and Public Programs, International Partners.
- Aspen Institute España
Aspen Institute España, headquartered in Madrid, was incorporated as a Foundation in December 2010. The Institute aims to promote social responsibility and contribute to the strengthening of civil society, providing a neutral forum for public dialogue and reflection through conferences, seminars, and roundtable discussions. In this pursuit, the Institute takes on the values, features, and goals of the Aspen model, adjusting them to the realities of the Spanish context; a context that incorporates Spain’s close ties with other regions in Europe, Latin America, and the Mediterranean.
- Institut Aspen France
Institut Aspen France was founded in 1983 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, international center for discussion and dialogue. Based in Paris and has two goals: to help leaders identify the challenges they face and seek solutions to contemporary problems and to facilitate informal meetings of leaders from different geographical, cultural, and professional worlds. Aspen France organizes policy programs and leadership seminars to address the major economic, social, and political issues of the day. Aspen France hosts two discussion clubs in Paris and Lyon in which approximately 20 young leaders meet with leading experts and discuss a variety of contemporary issues.
- Aspen Institute Germany
Aspen Institute Germany, founded in 1974 for the study and advancement of ideas related to major contemporary issues, is the oldest international Aspen center. The Institute seeks to address the challenges of the 21st century in areas such as global economic change, technological advancement, international security, and emerging leaders. Located in the heart of Berlin, the Aspen Institute Germany convenes a diverse network of representatives from all sectors for discussion in leadership conferences, policy programs, and offers the Aspen seminar and other leadership programs.
- Aspen Institute India
Aspen Institute India promotes values-based leadership, open dialogue, and cross-sector outreach by engaging business, governments, nonprofits, and other stakeholders on issues related to India’s development. Focusing on India’s challenges, Aspen Institute India invites industrial, economic, financial, political, social, and cultural leaders to discuss these issues in settings that encourage frank and open dialogue. The Aspen Institute India organizes five types of programs: (1) Outreach Seminars to promote a deeper understanding of India’s complexities; (2) Policy Programs that seek to improve public- and private-sector policymaking; (3) Leadership Seminars that bring together small groups to explore fundamental truths through the Socratic method; (4) Ideas India in New Delhi, which brings together diverse sections of society to discuss issues of crucial importance to India; and (5) Strategic Dialogues to help bring India closer to other parts of the world.
- Aspen Institute Italia
Aspen Institute Italia is a leader in promoting enlightened dialogue in Europe and across the Atlantic, organizing a number of conferences, seminars, and roundtables each year on economics, business, politics, and security. Its quarterly journal, Aspenia, is read in Italy and abroad, and has been judged one of the best foreign affairs journals in the world. Aspen Italia conferences gather prominent figures in every field thanks to its more than 300 international board members. Aspen Italia focuses on the most important problems and challenges facing society in settings that encourage frank and open debate. The aim is not to reach unanimous agreement or to crank out reassuring conclusions, but to bring to light the complexity of our world. Aspen Italia is composed of a community of Sustaining Members, Ordinary Members, Friends of Aspen, and Aspen Junior Fellows.
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- Aspen Institute Japan
Aspen Institute Japan is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing values-based leadership in contemporary society. Evolved from the Tokyo liaison office of the Aspen Institute and Aspen Institute Japan Council, AIJ was formally established in 1998. Its flagship program has been the Nippon Aspen Executive Seminars. The Institute offers three seminars annually, providing the leaders and future leaders of Japan with reflective experiences through moderator-led dialogue based on extensive readings of texts from both classic and contemporary authors and from the Western and non-Western world. In addition to the seminars, the Institute offers other executive seminars tailored to the needs of national and local government officials and young business executives. It also organizes periodic lecture programs for the alumni of the seminars.
- Aspen Institute México
Aspen Institute México launched March 2014 in Mexico City as a nonpartisan center for debate and discussion. One of its main objectives is to foster the development of young leaders and their networks, promoting values and principles of democracy, such as feedom, the rule of law and economic efficiency; and to expand their relations with rising leaders from other countries in the region. The activities are divided into seminars, policy and public programs, leadership initiatives and a moderators training program.
- Aspen Institute Prague
Established in June 2012, the Aspen Institute Prague is a regional platform for policy innovation and non-partisan dialogue with an operational focus in Central Europe. The activities of Aspen Prague are divided into leadership, policy, and public programs, with annual conferences, seminars, panel discussions and publications targeting diverse audiences. Aspen Prague will produce a quarterly journal on international affairs, the Aspen Review, to be published in English Polish and Czech. Aspen Prague’s aim is to support program participants in contributing to the economic, social and cultural growth of the region in line with the Aspen Institute ethos of values-based leadership.
- Institute Aspen Romania
Aspen Romania launched in Bucharest in 2006 is dedicated to promoting values-based leadership in Romania and to encouraging open-minded and informed debate among leaders about the challenges facing Romania today; and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. We do that through a series of objectives:
Leadership: To harness individual potential and leadership in the context of new Euro Atlantic realities;
Dialogue: To set a new standard of informed and informal policy debate in Romania through selective membership and values-oriented contributions;
Entrepreneurship: To increase the efficiency of the Romanian business sector and its ability to succeed in global markets;
Regional Stability: To use Romania's geopolitical position to promote Aspen values in the region and to develop a regional network of highly successful individuals.