Kyle Springer is the Program Manager at the Perth USAsia Centre. He provides high-level program assistance and develops the think tank and external outreach programs of the Centre. In addition to planning and coordinating a range of program and research initiatives, Kyle directs the Centre's Indonesia programs and convenes policy workshops focussed on Australia-Indonesia relations.
Kyle was previously a researcher with the defence and foreign policy think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC and was a program assistant with the Austrade at the Australian Embassy in Washington. While at CSIS he supported the research and programs of the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies, working on a variety of subjects including economic reform in Vietnam, political developments in Cambodia, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the 2013 APEC meetings. He has written for blogs and e-newsletters like cogitAsia, Southeast Asia from Scott Circle, The Strategist, and Australian Outlook. In 2018 he co-authored a chapter with Dr Jeffrey Wilson on Australia-Indonesia economic ties in Expanding Horizons: Indonesia’s Regional Engagement in the Indo-Pacific Era. Kyle also authored “Vietnam as a G20 country: towards an Australia-Vietnam economic partnership,” part of Perth USAsia Centre’s Indo-Pacific Insights Series. He has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Western Australia (2012) and a Bachelor of Science from the California State University (2008).
Born in the United Kingdom, Kyle grew up in Indonesia, Australia, and the Bay Area of California. Prior to working in international relations, he served as a police officer in the San Francisco Bay Area.