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ISSA Forms New Indo-Pacific Institute to Cope With Growing Importance of the Indian Ocean and Pacific Regions

Andrew Pickford, ISSA Indo-Pacific Managing Director  

The growing dynamism of the extended Indian Ocean region, added to the centrality of the Pacific Ocean Asian rim to 21st Century strategic growth, has led to the creation of a new affiliated organization of the International Strategic Studies Association (ISSA). The new body, ISSA Indo-Pacific Pty. Ltd., was created at the beginning of 2010, based in Perth, Western Australia on the Indian Ocean to serve as ISSA's formal representative in the region.

ISSA Indo-Pacific Pty. Ltd. will also act as an independent research, analysis, and advisory body, working with regional governments and with the private sector and academia.

Western Australian Andrew Pickford, a longtime associate of ISSA and, since 2009, a Senior Fellow of ISSA Worldwide, is the Managing Director of ISSA Indo-Pacific. ISSA President Gregory Copley, AM, based in Washington, DC, but also Western Australian born, is Chairman of the new organization, and Craig Lawrence, AM, until recently CEO of Future Directions International, the Australian research organization, will Chair the ISSA Indo-Pacific Council of Advisors.

ISSA Indo-Pacific will act as the coordinating body for ISSA conferences in the region, including the forthcoming Third Annual ISSA Indo-Pacific Energy Round-Table, scheduled to be held in Perth, Western Australia.


The late Sir Charles Court (right), with Richard Court.

ISSA has long had strong links with Western Australia and the Indian Ocean. In 2008, ISSA, for example, recognized the great Western Australian statesman, Sir Charles Court, AK, KCMG, for his services to regional progress [see photograph of Sir Charles, with his son, also a former Premier of Western Australia, Richard Court, AC].


In 2009, ISSA recognized the then-Governor-General of Australia, Maj.-Gen. Michael Jeffery, AC, CVO, MC (rtd.) with the same award: the ISSA Gold Star Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Strategic Progress. Gen. Jeffery had, before becoming Governor-General, also served as Governor of Western Australia.

Gen. Jeffery is shown here at his investiture with the Award in Canberra, with his wife, Marlena Jeffery (left) and ISSA Executive Director Pamela von Gruber.

2017 ISSA Indo-Pacific Pty. Ltd. ISSA Indo-Pacific Pty. Ltd. does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed.