Just three months ago I was in Bangladesh to address the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s Council of Foreign Ministers, and this is actually my fourth visit to Asia in the past year. It is really great to be back again and I’m looking forward to the ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] meetings later this week.
Tonight, I would like to speak about a challenge that affects us all: the weakening of the rules-based international order and the threat that resurgent authoritarianism poses to liberal democracy itself.
It’s an honour to be here among so many accomplished women policy-makers, researchers and academics. Given the conference’s theme, it’s important for the students here to see women in leadership positions in a variety of fields and sectors.