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ASPI 2024 Democracy Primer

2024 Democracy Primer

Speakers Ms Gai Brodtmann, Professor John Dryzek, Leena Rikkilä Tamang, Chris Zappone and Dr Alex Caples

ASPI is delighted to invite you to attend our first public event for this year, the ‘2024 Democracy Primer’ on Tuesday 6 February.  

Moderated by ASPI’s Council Chair, Ms Gai Brodtmann, this panel discussion, featuring Professor John Dryzek (Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, University of Canberra), Leena Rikkilä Tamang (Director for Asia and the Pacific, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance), Chris Zappone (Digital Foreign Editor, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald) and Dr Alex Caples (Cyber, technology and Security, ASPI) will look to breakdown and explore the evolving political trends that will define this pivotal year.

More than 2 billion people in over 50 countries, representing nearly a third of the global population, are set to engage in elections this year. It will have geopolitical ramifications with so many countries having the chance to choose new leaders, testing the resilience of democracy and the rules-based order in countless ways. 

These elections come at a time of increasing ambition among powerful authoritarian regimes, growing use of misinformation and disinformation often linked to state-led or state-backed influence operations, rising extremism of various political stripes, and the technological disruption of artificial intelligence.

At the same time, democracies face formidable challenges with wars raging in Europe and the Middle East, increasing climate disasters, weakening economies, and the erosion of confidence in liberal societies. 

Join us as we explore the issues that are set to define 2024’s election campaigns, as well as the impact the outcomes could have on alliances, geopolitics and regional security around the world. 

For those attending in-person, a light reception will be served afterwards.

Click here to register online.

To attend in-person, register above.


Ms Gai Brodtmann

Gai Brodtmann was appointed Chair of ASPI Council in June 2023, after serving a term as a member from 2020.

Professor John Dryzek

John Dryzek is Distinguished Professor and former Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra.

Leena Rikkilä Tamang

Leena Rikkilä Tamang is Director for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) Asia and the Pacific region.

Chris Zappone

Chris Zappone is Digital Foreign Editor at The Age and Sydney Morning Herald and was an inaugural member of the National Security College’s Futures Hub in 2017.

Dr Alex Caples

Dr Alex Caples is Director of The Sydney Dialogue, ASPI's annual summit for critical, emerging and cyber technologies.