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The future of democracy in Asia

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Asia represents a critical frontier for democratic governance that will shape the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. Democratic states in the region face increasing strain from an interconnected set of challenges across political, economic, and cultural dynamics. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty about American strategy, the implications of emerging technologies, and support for illiberal populism and authoritarianism by policymakers and foreign actors have tested democratic norms in the region.

On Friday, January 29, as part of the initiative on Democracy in Asia, the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted an event examining the health of democracy in Asia. Following opening remarks by Brookings President John R. Allen, Taiwan Digital Minister Audrey Tang delivered a pre-recorded keynote address and respond to questions. A moderated panel with regional experts and scholars then explored the ongoing intraregional challenges and trends affecting democratic governments and institutions across the Indo-Pacific. Following the conversation, panelists took questions from the audience.

Viewers submitted questions by emailing or via Twitter at #DemocracyInAsia.



Introduction and keynote address



John Lee

Senior Fellow - Hudson Institute

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