FP Virtual Dialogue: China and the Global Fight for Democracy
FP Virtual Dialogue: China and the Global Fight for Democracy
How open societies can build democratic resilience to foreign influence
Foreign Policy hosted a fascinating conversation with the International Republican Institute (IRI) exploring China’s growing geopolitical influence and what it means for the future of the world’s democracies.
Over the past two decades, China’s rise has allowed it to assert an increasing sway over international relations, expanding and deepening its presence – especially with targeted partners across the developing world. Now, the global pandemic has provided further openings for Chinese foreign influence strategies: Information operations around the COVID-19 crisis have demonstrated the CCP’s growing willingness to employ a suite of tactics to interfere in vulnerable democracies, according to a recently commissioned IRI study. The research found that China’s increasingly potent foreign influence campaigns are exploiting the openness of democratic systems to advance its strategic interests and position itself as a responsible world leader by projecting power, prosperity and stability. To what extent is Beijing exploiting and exacerbating illiberal trends across the globe, how is it undermining democratic processes and values, and what does it mean for the future of budding and established democracies?
Watch a thought-provoking conversation featuring U.S. lawmakers and international experts on CCP influence worldwide as we share new insights on the mechanisms of Beijing’s information campaigns. We examined the impact of foreign influence in open societies and ways to strengthen democratic resilience to confront it.
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EDITOR AT LARGE, FOREIGN POLICY
Jonathan Tepperman is the editor at large of Foreign Policy and the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Before joining FP, Tepperm...
Jonathan Tepperman is the editor at large of Foreign Policy and the author of The Fix: How Countries Use Crises to Solve the World’s Worst Problems. Before joining FP, Tepperman served as managing editor of Foreign Affairs and, before that, as deputy editor of Newsweek’s international edition. He has written for a long list of publications and appears frequently on TV and radio. He has degrees from Yale, Oxford, and New York University.
Senator Chris Coons
Chris Coons was elected to the United States Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council President and New Castle County Executive. In the Senate, he sits on the...
Chris Coons was elected to the United States Senate in 2010 following terms as New Castle County Council President and New Castle County Executive. In the Senate, he sits on the Appropriations, Judiciary, Foreign Relations, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Ethics Committees. Before entering government, Chris worked as an attorney for W.L. Gore & Associates, an advanced materials manufacturer in Delaware. As a law student, Chris founded the Delaware chapter of the national “I Have a Dream” Foundation, which helps low-income students make the academic journey from elementary school through college. Shortly after receiving his law degree and clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Chris began working at the organization’s national office, where he launched and ran its AmeriCorps program in fifteen cities. Chris graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in chemistry and political science, and earned a law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s in Ethics from Yale Divinity School. A longtime New Castle County resident, Chris lives in Wilmington with his wife, Annie, and their three children, Michael, Jack, and Maggie.
Senator Dan Sullivan
Dan Sullivan serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works...
Dan Sullivan serves on four Senate committees vital to Alaska: the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; the Armed Services Committee; the Environment and Public Works Committee; and the Veterans' Affairs Committee.
Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Sullivan served as Alaska’s Attorney General and Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. As Commissioner, Sullivan managed one of the largest portfolios of oil, gas, minerals, renewable energy, timber, land, and water in the world. Working closely with Alaska’s Governor and state legislature, Sullivan developed numerous strategies that spurred responsible resource development, energy security, and a dramatic increase in good-paying jobs across a number of critical sectors in the Alaska economy.
Sullivan is one of a select number of Alaskan attorneys who has held judicial clerkships on both the highest federal and state courts in Alaska.
Sullivan has a distinguished record of military and national security service. He is currently a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Since 1993, Sullivan has served in a variety of command and staff billets on active duty and in the reserves. Sullivan served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Business under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. He focused on fighting terrorist financing, and implementing policies relating to international energy, economic, trade, finance, transportation, telecommunications, and Arctic issues. Sullivan also served as a Director in the International Economics Directorate of the National Security Council staff at the White House.
Sullivan earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University in 1987 and a joint law and Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University in 1993. Dan and his wife Julie Fate Sullivan were married over 20 years ago in Julie’s hometown of Fairbanks, Alaska. They have three teenage daughters: Meghan, Isabella and Laurel.
Senior Researcher, University of Johannesburg Centre for Africa-China Studies
Emmanuel Matambo is the research director for the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) based at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His doctorate dissertation at the...
Emmanuel Matambo is the research director for the Centre for Africa-China Studies (CACS) based at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His doctorate dissertation at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, was a constructivist analysis of Sino-Zambian relations. He is an alumnus of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC. He has also been selected for the Millennium Fellowship program for the Atlantic Council, class of 2020 to 2021. While he has published academic articles on a range of topics from conflict resolution, contemporary terrorism, educational theory and African agency, his main interest is on the growing China-Africa relationship.
Senior Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, National Bureau of Asian Research
Nadège Rolland is Senior Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, at the National Bureau of Asian Research, based in Seattle and Washington, D.C., and a Nonresident Fellow at th...
Nadège Rolland is Senior Fellow, Political and Security Affairs, at the National Bureau of Asian Research, based in Seattle and Washington, D.C., and a Nonresident Fellow at the Lowy Institute, based in Sydney. Her research focuses mainly on China's domestic, foreign and defense policy, grand strategy, and the changes in global dynamics resulting from the rise of China.
She is the author of "China's Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative," “China’s Vision for a New World Order," “Commanding Ideas: Think Tanks as Platforms for Authoritarian Influence,” and the editor of “Securing the Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Evolving Military Engagement Along the Silk Roads,” and of “An Emerging China-Centric Order: China’s Vision for a New World Order in Practice.” Her articles and essays have appeared in a number of publications, including The Washington Quarterly, Strategic Asia, Politique Etrangère, Survival, The Diplomat, Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, and The Journal of Democracy.
Prior to joining the NBR, Nadège Rolland served for two decades as an analyst and Senior Advisor on Asian and Chinese strategic issues to the French Ministry of Defense, for which she has been awarded the Medal of Honor.
She holds a MA in China studies from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and a MSc in strategic studies from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. She is also a National Taiwan Normal University alumna.
SENIOR ADVISOR, IRI
David O. Shullman is Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, where he oversees IRI’s work addressing the influence of China and other autocracies on democrat...
David O. Shullman is Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, where he oversees IRI’s work addressing the influence of China and other autocracies on democratic institutions and governance in countries around the world. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Dr. Shullman previously served for nearly a dozen years as one of the U.S. Government’s top experts on East Asia, most recently as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council. Dr. Shullman has testified on China topics before subcommittees of both chambers of the U.S. Congress and has published in numerous outlets including Foreign Affairs and The National Interest. He earned his PhD in Political Science from UCLA, a MALD from the Fletcher School, and a BA in Government from Georgetown.
Congressman Tom Malinowski
Rep. Tom Malinowski was born in Communist Poland during the height of the Cold War. When he was six, he and his mother fled to the United States, and grew up in Central Jersey. ...
Rep. Tom Malinowski was born in Communist Poland during the height of the Cold War. When he was six, he and his mother fled to the United States, and grew up in Central Jersey. Malinowski served as a Senior Director on President Clinton’s National Security Council where he worked to end conflicts around the globe. He then served as the chief advocate for Human Rights Watch, where he led the bipartisan campaign to end the use of torture by the Bush Administration. Later he served the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor where he helped lead America’s fight for human rights around the world.
Dr. Daniel Twining
Dr. Daniel Twining joined IRI as president in September 2017, where he leads the Institute’s mission to advance democracy and freedom around the world. He h...
Dr. Daniel Twining joined IRI as president in September 2017, where he leads the Institute’s mission to advance democracy and freedom around the world. He heads IRI’s team of over 700 global experts to link people and governments, motivate people to engage in the political process, and guide politicians and government officials to be responsive to citizens.
Previously, he served as counselor to the president and director of the Asia Program at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, based in Washington, DC. As counselor, he served on the executive management team that governs GMF’s annual operations; as director of the Asia Program, he led a team working on the rise of Asia and its implications for the West.
Prior to GMF, Twining served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff, as foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator John McCain, and as a staff member of the U.S. Trade Representative. He has taught at Georgetown University and served as a military instructor associated with the Naval Postgraduate School.
He holds a BA with highest distinction from the University of Virginia and MPhil & DPhil degrees from Oxford University, where he was the Fulbright/Oxford Scholar from 2004-07. He has been a columnist for Foreign Policy and Nikkei and has lived in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Europe.
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