On November 7-8, former Congressman and Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands Chair David Dreier will represent U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Bali, Indonesia with U.S. Embassy Jakarta’s Chargé d’affaires Kristen Bauer. Mr. Dreier previously served as chairman of the House Rules Committee, as well as founding chairman of the bipartisan House Democracy Partnership, which works directly with legislatures in 17 countries around the globe, including Indonesia, to help build institutions in new and re-emerging democracies. Today, Mr. Dreier continues to focus on the Asia Pacific region through his leadership at the Annenberg-Dreier Commission at Sunnylands, which works to enhance economic, governmental, and cultural ties among the nations of the Greater Pacific.
The annual BDF was founded by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in 2008 to promote democracy in the region, and is the only government-led forum that promotes democracy throughout Asia. The United States has supported the goals of the BDF since its inception, which aligns with objectives of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and the U.S. global commitment to the advancement of democracy.