Public Panel 5 – Authoritarianism, democracy, and stability

What does a global shift towards authoritarian practices mean for the Indo-Pacific? How will the elections of this year influence the years to come? As the Indo-Pacific undergoes a period of rapid change, elections will result in either solidifying democracy or solidifying power. For example, earlier this year, Taiwan’s elections were a success in terms of their freedom and fairness, while Indonesia’s consolidated power in the current regime. Once more, the Indo-Pacific provides a varied environment for understanding how government systems can withstand the pressures of a modern era. Meanwhile, important government stability remains increasingly elusive for many countries. Join us to dive into the most critical question on the Indo-Pacific: can democracies survive authoritarianism?

  • Kerry Brown, Kings College London
  • Ben Bland, Chatham House
  • Olivia Cheung, University of London, SOAS
  • Verna Yu, University of Oxford
  • Moderated by: Ja Ian Chong, National University of Singapore 

Please note that this agenda is not yet finalised. Verbiage and content might be adjustedand we will continue to add speakers as they confirm. 

Part of the Indo-Pacific Roundtable 2024. Please refer to the events listings page here to sign up for the other panels.



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