FP Virtual Dialogue: China and the Global Fight for Democracy

February 3, 2021

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.

Join the conversation online using #ChinaFutureofDemocracy

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Event Details
February 3, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:15 PM EST
Webinar login information will be provided upon registration
Speakers
Jonathan Tepperman
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...
Senator Chris Coons
D-DE
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...
Senator Dan Sullivan
R-AK
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...
Emmanuel Matambo
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...
Nadège Rolland
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...
David Shullman
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...
Congressman Tom Malinowski
D-NJ
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. ...
Dr. Daniel Twining
President, IRI
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...