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  1. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 17: "Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position" - A Presentation by Scott Bates [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 17: "Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position" - A Presentation by Scott Bates
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Scott Bates, president of the Center for National Policy, has proposed a new national security policy for Taiwan entitled "Taiwan 21." Mr. Bates discussed several elements of his "Taiwan 21" plan at a recent Taiwan Roundtable entitled "Reassessing Taiwan's Strategic Position" held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on January 23, 2013. Discussant Joseph Bosco, a former East Asia security specialist at the Department of Defense, voiced strong disagreements with Bates' proposals at the roundtable, while Richard Fisher, Senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, submitted a written response in which he offers alternative recommendations for strengthening Taiwan's security.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Economic growth, Military, Asia-Pacific, Taiwan Strait, Cross-strait, China, International community
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  2. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 14: Taiwan and Asia Pacific Economic Integration: ECFA, TPP, and Beyond [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 14: Taiwan and Asia Pacific Economic Integration: ECFA, TPP, and Beyond
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The signing of The Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA), a preferential trade agreement between the governments of the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan) that aims to reduce tariffs and commercial barriers between the two sides seems to have alleviated some concerns about Taiwanese economic integration. At the same time, the signing of ECFA has reopened the issue of broader economic integration in the region. Experts on Taiwan's economic policies assembled for a conference on "Taiwan and Asia-Pacific Economic Integration" on April 30th at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in an effort to explain Taiwan's current economic integration efforts as well as future challenges that will likely accompany such developments.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Asia-Pacific, Economy, U.S., US-Taiwan, Security, TPP, APEC
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  3. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 15: Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 15: Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: A relatively small chain of islands in the East China Sea has been the focal point of potential maritime conflict between Taiwan (R.O.C.), China (P.R.C.), and Japan for several decades, with escalating rhetoric in recent years. Known to Taiwan as the Diaoyutai, to China as the Diaoyu and to Japan as the Senkaku islands, this dispute was discussed at a Taiwan Roundtable entitled "Taiwan and the Diaoyutai Islands: Historical and Regional Perspectives" held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on November 20, 2012. Experts on the history and contemporary international affairs of East Asia met to offer their insights on the background and future implications of the conflict over this disputed territory.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, China, Japan, East China Sea, United States, US-Taiwan
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  4. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 12: The Okinawa Question and the US-Japan Alliance: Factoring in Japanese Domestic Politics and Debates [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 12: The Okinawa Question and the US-Japan Alliance: Factoring in Japanese Domestic Politics and Debates
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: This Asia Report is based on "The Okinawa Question: Regional Security, the US-Japan Alliance, and Futenma," a conference held on September 19, 2011 at the Elliott School of International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and The Nansai Shoto Industrial Advancement. Since Yoshihiko Noda took office as Prime Minister of Japan two months ago, there appears to be some possibility that the United States and Japan will be able to make progress on the stalled issue of relocating the U.S. Marine Corps Futenma Air Station in Okinawa prefecture. However, even cautious optimism should be tempered by the reality of domestic politics in Japan and a thorough consideration of Japan's overall strategic thinking. Noda has made specific gestures expressing an intent to honor the U.S.-Japan agreement to relocate the Futenma base from densely populated Ginowan to the Henoko district of Nago City in northeastern Okinawa, where a new on-shore facility would be built. To win political support from Okinawans, he announced in late September that his government would remove the conditions currently attached to development subsidies to the prefecture. In October, he told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the government would submit an environmental impact assessment report to Okinawa prefecture by the end of this year, which would formally start a legal process whereby the Okinawa government is required to respond within 90 days. From Washington's perspective, these moves may indicate some longawaited momentum on the Futenma issue.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, U.S.-Japan, Okinawa, Japan, Security, Defense
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  5. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 13: India's Energy Security Challenges: An Insider's View [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 13: India's Energy Security Challenges: An Insider's View
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The success of India as a major emerging power in the coming years will rely heavily on its ability to achieve and maintain energy security. Much like China, India's energy demands will continue to present it with difficult choices as the country attempts to balance its development and growing power with a host of environmental and political issues. These include a reliance on oil from unstable areas of the world, a lack of diverse energy options, potential conflict with China, and the adverse environmental effects of Delhi's current energy policies. As a member of India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board, Sudha Mahalingam shared her insights on India's energy challenges at a public forum organized by the Rising Powers Initiative at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies in December 2011.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Energy security, India, China, Nuclear power, India-China, South China Sea, Oil, Middle East
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  6. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 10: After the 3/11 Catastrophe: Whither the Japanese Peace State? [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 10: After the 3/11 Catastrophe: Whither the Japanese Peace State?
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Over the past several years, foreign policy circles both inside and outside Japan have been anxious to determine whether Japan should or would develop new strategies to deal with a changing security environment in Asia. The catastrophic impact of the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster has only heightened the sense of anxiety over Japan’s future direction. At a time of great uncertainty about Japan’s future and the implications for its foreign policy, one might instead look to Japan’s national identity for signs of continuity and consistency.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Japan, National identity, U.S.-Japan, Military
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  7. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 11: Evolving Cross-Strait Relations and Challenges and Implications for the U.S. [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 11: Evolving Cross-Strait Relations and Challenges and Implications for the U.S.
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Recent developments across the Taiwan Strait have important implications for the future of U.S.-China relations as well as America's strategic and economic interests in the larger Asian region. While political stability in the cross-strait relationship over the past few years has been welcomed by U.S. policymakers, it has not alleviated concerns about China's increasing military strength and territorial ambitions. Likewise, although the signing of an economic cooperation agreement between Taiwan and China is seen as a positive sign of cross-strait stability, some analysts raise questions about what it means for U.S. economic clout in the region. These issues have been discussed at a number of recent events organized by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and are highlighted in this edition of the Asia Report.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Cross-Strait, U.S.-China, China, Taiwan, Military, Sovereignty, ECFA, Economy, East Asia
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  8. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 8: Taiwan, Asia, and the Global Economic Crisis [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 8: Taiwan, Asia, and the Global Economic Crisis
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Taiwan’s position in the world is, in many ways, dependent on its economic power and influence. Taiwan’s open economy means both that it is heavily integrated into the world economy, and that it is extremely vulnerable to international economic trends. This conference, held on December 2, 2009, looked not only at the consequences of the recent economic crisis on Taiwan’s political strategies, but also its current economic strategies and its increasing ties with the People’s Republic of China.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, China, Cross-strait, U.S., International community, U.S.-Taiwan, Economy, ECFA, ASEAN, Military
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  9. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 9: A Comparative Analysis of Identity and Regional Cooperation in Asia [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 9: A Comparative Analysis of Identity and Regional Cooperation in Asia
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: What are the prospects for the development of an Asian regional community? How might identity influence the formation of that community? Will this emerging community include or exclude the United States? In May 2010, a group of preeminent scholars from the United States, Japan, China, South Korea and India gathered in Beijing at a conference organized by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and China Foreign Affairs University to discuss the influence of identity on the foreign policy of Japan, China, South Korea and India, as well as the impact of identity on regional cooperation.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Regionalism, Japan, China, South Korea, India, Regional Cooperation, Democracy, Stability, Sovereignty, North Korea
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  10. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 6: U.S. Policy Directions on Taiwan [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 6: U.S. Policy Directions on Taiwan
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: In an era of improving Taiwan-China relations, the question of the importance of the United States’ relationship with Taiwan is open to discussion. With deepening economic ties and improving political relations with China under the Ma Ying-jeou administration, is the United States still important to Taiwan? The answer provided by the panelists at the October 28th roundtable was a definitive “yes.” The United States, according to the panel, is still vitally important for Taiwan’s continued security. Though each speaker highlighted different aspects of the U.S-Taiwan relationship, each emphasized the role the U.S. plays for Taiwan. For the panelists, potential U.S. policy directions include continued U.S. commitment, both in security and economics, which they argued is important to Taiwan’s future stability and to its ability to continue improving relations with China.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, U.S.-Taiwan, Taiwan, China, Cross-strait, Defense, Military, Sovereignty, ECFA
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018