Between 2023 and 2024, nearly two billion people across the Indo-Pacific will take part in national elections. This includes the peoples of Thailand, Indonesia and Taiwan – major players on the global stage – making it a turbulent period in both Southeast Asia and Asia politics, and geopolitics.

Our panel of experts will provide in-depth and longitudinal analysis of the elections in each of these countries, drawing out the key themes and differences, and the possible consequences for a region that encompasses the majority of the world’s population .

The discussion will be followed by a drinks reception.


  • Dr Tomas Larsson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of St John’s College. He received his PhD from Cornell University in 2007. From 1990 to 2000, he worked as a freelance journalist based in Southeast Asia
  • Dr Chun-Yi Lee is Associate Professor at school of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham. She is also the Director of Taiwan Research Hub at Nottingham. Chun-Yi’s first book was published by Routledge in 2011: Taiwanese Business or Chinese Security Asset. The book is under Leiden Series in Modern East Asia History and Politics
  • Dafydd Fell is a Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He is also the Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. In 2004 he helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies. He has published numerous articles on political parties and electioneering in Taiwan
  • Chair: William Hurst is Chong Hua Professor of Chinese Development at the University of Cambridge, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Geopolitics. His research concentrates on Chinese foreign policy, international relations, and its evolving role in the world, as well as the broader politics of the South China Sea and Southeast Asia in general



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