The ability to continually remain non-partisan has helped NASAC and its membership to retain their convening power.  This is the ability to provide neutral platforms for dialogue for various stakeholders to address the most controversial of issues or pitch to the most antagonistic of actors in any given sector.  The promotion of science diplomacy as a requisite skill for academies has also helped science to weigh in on geopolitical issues while still maintaining their independence.  The confidence of issuing reports, statements or policy briefs on controversial topics has been supported by a track record of undertaking consensus studies that shed light on science as a public good aiming to uplift and benefit society.