Following the conclusion of World War II, democratic institutions proliferated across Asia, particularly in East Asia. This political trend contributed to economic prosperity, rule of law, and the expansion of human rights in Asia. Today, however, the future of democracy in the region is being threatened, particularly in Myanmar, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, other countries, such as mainland China and North Korea, continue to resist the international trend toward increasing democratization, and have instead turned toward more rigid authoritarianism.
On Thursday, March 15, Hudson Institute hosted a series of scholars and expert speakers who will address the past, present, and future of democracy in Asia. The event will be moderated by Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Arthur Herman and Senior Vice President Lewis Libby.