Webinar | Building Partnerships and Cooperation to Support Democratic Governance in the Indo-Pacific

November 23, 2020

As part of our program on Democratic Governance, JCIE hosted a webinar to discuss the “Sunnylands Principles on Enhancing Democratic Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific Region.” Over 50 people attended the discussion, which focused on the challenges to democracy and the international order that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the event provided an opportunity for international and Japanese leaders to exchange views on how Japan can work with other countries in the region to build democratic governance in an inclusive and transparent manner.

The discussion panel featured two of the signatories to the Sunnylands Principles, Marty Natalegawa and Yukio Takasu, as well as a video message from Michael J. Green. They were joined by two leading experts, Sook Jong Lee and Yamini Aiyar, and discussed the current status of democratic governance in the region and their perspectives on the Sunnylands Principles in the context of a Free and Open Indo Pacific (FOIP). 


AKIO OKAWARA, President and CEO, Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE/Japan)

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Amb. YUKIO TAKASU, Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Human Security; former UN Under-Secretary General for Management; Chair, JCIE Study Group on Democracy for the Future Project

Panel Discussion

YUKIO TAKASU (Moderator)
YAMINI AIYAR, President and CEO, Center for Policy Research (India)
SOOK JONG LEE, Professor at Sungkyunkwan University; Senior Fellow, East Asia Institute (Korea)
MARTY NATALEGAWA, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia

Q&A with Viewers

Closing Comments