The fragile nature of democratic governance in today’s Asia-Pacific, one of the most complex and growing areas of the world, requires continued support and cooperation. More people than ever have the opportunity to elect their leaders, but in many cases, the actions of the leaders do not reflect the public’s needs. In this region, many democracies are of a loose nature that leaves much room for political and economic manipulation by powerful elites. In effect, the poor and the marginalized fail to reap the benefits of an effective government. But the stage set for democracy widely varies from country to country: on one side of the spectrum, we see relatively effective democracies functioning in both Australia and Japan, while on the other hand, we see the weak systems established in Pakistan and Mongolia. These democratic institutions differ substantially from the Western world in political structure, ideological values, and leadership practices.