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Virtual Report Rollout Event: Advancing a Liberal Digital Order in the Indo-Pacific

May 27, 2021
10:00am to 11:30am ET

On May 27, 2021, CNAS hosted a virtual event coinciding with the release of a new CNAS report, Advancing a Liberal Digital Order in the Indo-Pacific, authored by Lisa Curtis, Jacob Stokes, and Joshua Fitt.

The United States and Indo-Pacific democracies are at risk of losing ground in the competition to shape the region’s digital future as China expands its role in digital ecosystems across the Indo-Pacific, develops the region’s 5G infrastructure, and builds digital alliances.

As the authors argue in this forthcoming CNAS report, the challenges to ensuring a future liberal digital order are immense; to meet them, the United States must develop a multifaceted approach that prioritizes coordination with democratic allies and partners. The degree to which the United States can work with like-minded partners to pool resources and capabilities—while also setting mutually agreed guidelines for use of digital technologies—will determine whether those technologies are harnessed to advance free and open societies or strengthen autocratic trends in the region.

The report rollout event featured a conversation with the report’s coauthors and an expert panel discussion. Please find the event agenda below:

CNAS Welcoming Remarks and Presentation by Report Authors
10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Expert Panel Discussion
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM


Jared Cohen
Founder and CEO, Jigsaw

Sarah Cook
Research Director for China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, Freedom House

Jonathan E. Hillman
Senior Fellow, Economics Program, and Director, Reconnecting Asia Project, CSIS

Martijn Rasser
Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program, CNAS

Moderated By:

Richard Fontaine
Chief Executive Officer, CNAS