What will Biden's Summit mean for the Indo-Pacific?

Bridi Rice & Madeleine Flint
Richard Maude, Asia Society
Serena Sasingian, The Voice
Prof. John Blaxland, Australian National University
Dr Nicola Nixon, The Asia Foundation
Peter Yates, The Asia Foundation
Stefaan Verhulst, New York University
Andrew Young, New York University
Uma Kalkar, New York University
Dr Bryce Wakefield, Australian Institute for International Affairs
Blake Chrystal, USAID


The Readout

Democracy Series • Part
Special Episode: Anka Lee Situation Room Address

Recent events have put aid, China and the Indo-Pacific squarely on the map for many Australians. So there was no better a time for The Lab to host Anka Lee, USAID’s acting Deputy Assistant Administrator and Senior Advisor for the PRC, at our Situation Room just last week. He was in Australia on behalf of USAID who are creating a policy on countering China’s growing influence.

The Situation Room is a Chatham-house style discussion among industry professionals, foreign policy experts and development leaders. However, Anka’s opening address was too good not to share. With his permission, join the Lab’s own Bridi Rice as we share Anka’s opening remarks and unpack what that means for Australia.

He dives into the challenges that USAID is trying to solve when it comes to China and development, and what principles they’ll take into developing a response. Bridi tackles what all of this means for Australia and how our own narratives determine where to from here.

Democracy Series • Part
A Summit for Democracy

President Biden has just held the first Summit for Democracy. What will it mean for the Indo-Pacific? Before we dive into the complexities for our region, let’s find out what happened at the Summit. With Richard Maude from Asia Society and Bryce Wakefield from AIIA.

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A Pacific Perspective

To learn more about the state of democracy, and what the Summit will mean for the region, let’s start where we should – with a Pacific perspective. With Serena Sasingian from The Voice.

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A Security Perspective

So we’ve heard why governance support is critical for prosperity in the region. But just how seriously should Australia take this? According to one of Australia’s top security experts – very. With Professor John Blaxland from ANU.

Democracy Series • Part
A Practitioner Perspective

What exactly does ‘democracy promotion’ mean in real terms? How do practitioners approach the work? And critically – what’s the challenge with adopting a US-style approach to the issue? With Dr Nicola Nixon and Peter Yates from The Asia Foundation.

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A US Perspective

We’ve heard a lot of about the different approaches of the US compared with Australia. So how does the US go about democracy promotion? With Blake Chrystal from USAID.