The Sunnylands Principles on Enhancing Democratic Partnership in the Indo-Pacific Region

The Indo-Pacific region is emerging as the epicenter of a new debate over how states should be organized. CSIS partnered with the National Endowment for Democracy and the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands to convene leading thinkers on democracy from across the Indo-Pacific for a discussion of strategies to advance democratic governance and human rights in the region. This report includes a statement of principles endorsed by participants in a dialogue at Sunnylands, as well as a background paper by CSIS scholars examining global trend lines, regional dynamics within the Indo-Pacific, and recommendations for policymakers to consider.

The report is made possible in part by a grant from the government of Japan.

Amy K. Lehr
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Human Rights Initiative