The Aspen Strategy Group is a policy program of the Aspen Institute whose mission is to provide a forum to explore the pre-eminent foreign policy challenges facing the United States. 

Its cross-disciplinary, non-partisan, and high-level examination of policy strategies for addressing preeminent and emerging topics makes it unique and crucially relevant to the American and global policy communities.


Summer Workshops

The Summer Workshop is the ASG’s flagship activity, and its annual convenings are conducted against the peaceful and solitary backdrop of the Aspen Mountains. Away from the chaotic scene of Washington, ASG members have the chance to take a step back and reflect on the challenges that the U.S. faces with a fresh eye and a clear mind. The workshop tackles both national and international issues and has broadened its lens in recent years to give full regard to the economic, social, and transnational dimensions of the issues. Papers are commissioned for each meeting from leading experts in the field, and are discussed and debated during the summer workshop roundtable sessions.

ASpen Ministers Forum

The Aspen Ministers Forum (AMF), chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, is an initiative of former foreign ministers from around the world who seek to develop concrete, non-partisan recommendations to address common global challenges. Building on a history of constructive negotiations, policy acumen, and continued influence as members of parliament, opinion leaders, and advisors to governments, these former ministers are uniquely positioned to leverage their experience and insight.

Track II Dialogues

For over 30 years, the ASG has taken on the most importance global challenges facing America. ASG’s principal focus on arms control and defense strategy at the height of the Cold War evolved into “Track II” diplomacy dialogues between the US and counterparts from Brazil, China, India, and most recently, Europe. These dialogues are most valuable to establish direct, personal contact when governments find it difficult to have honest and open conversations with each other.