U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy: Similarities and Differences between Trump and Biden


About the Webinar

With the presidential elections only several months away, attention is turning to the prospect of a Democratic White House under Joe Biden and what that might mean for U.S. foreign policy in the region.

On the one hand, there is a bipartisan consensus that China is the greatest and most comprehensive external challenge facing the U.S. and a growing acceptance that confronting and countering aspects of Chinese behaviour is necessary. On the other hand, every new president and administration will always herald in significant changes in external policy.

The talk will offer some insight into what will remain the same and what will be different when it comes to the Free and Open Indo-Pacific or whatever moniker a Biden presidency might employ for the Indo-Pacific region – when it comes to strategy, practice, mindset and expectations of partners in Southeast Asia. For example, what will be the Democratic version of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy and its approach to China and institutions such as ASEAN and the Quad?

About the Speaker

John Lee is a Senior Fellow at Hudson Institute. He is also a Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the United States Studies Centre and Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney.

From 2016 to 2018, he was Senior National Security Adviser to Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. In this role, he served as the Principal Adviser on Asia and for economic, strategic, and political affairs in the Indo-Pacific region. Dr Lee was also appointed the Foreign Minister’s Lead Adviser on the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper, the first comprehensive foreign affairs blueprint for Australia since 2003 and written to guide Australia’s external engagement for the next ten years and beyond.

He has held adjunct professorships at the Australian National University and University of Sydney. He is one of the foremost experts on the Chinese political economy and on strategic and economic affairs pertaining to the Indo-Pacific. He received his master’s and doctorate in international relations from the University of Oxford and his bachelor of laws and arts degrees (first class, philosophy) from the University of New South Wales.


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Jul 28 2020


10:30 am - 11:30 am