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Virtual Event | Human Rights Promotion in a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Virtual Event | Human Rights Promotion in a Free and Open Indo-Pacific

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, October 28. Register for the event here.

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) concept is central to American grand strategy in Asia. Intended to challenge China’s hegemonic and territorial ambitions, FOIP requires the U.S. and its allies to balance differing conceptions of inclusivity and freedom, prioritize competing national interests, and mitigate unintended consequences. This can pose challenges to meeting America’s commitment to promoting human rights—for instance, the Biden administration is working closely with Vietnam and the Philippines as part of FOIP, despite serious human rights concerns in both countries. Should human rights be central in promoting FOIP? How should U.S. policymakers meet the challenge of China’s growing political and economic influence in other critical non-democratic nations in the region such as Thailand and Myanmar? Please join Hudson Institute for this timely discussion.


Michael George DeSombre

Former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand

Bonnie Glick

Director, Center for Tech Diplomacy, Purdue University; former Deputy Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development

Marshall Billingslea

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, former assistant secretary for terrorist financing at the U.S. Department of Treasury

John Lee

Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, former national security adviser to the Australian foreign minister


Kenneth R. Weinstein

Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow, Hudson Institute

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