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  1. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 36: Taiwan Goes to the Polls: Ramifications of Change at Home and Abroad [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 36: Taiwan Goes to the Polls: Ramifications of Change at Home and Abroad
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: As Taiwan casts votes for a new government in January 2016, the world is watching closely to see how the election might shake up Taipei’s domestic policies and its relationships with neighbors. Polls indicate the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, has a 2-to-1 lead over the ruling Kuomintang (KMT) and its candidate, Eric Chu, as well as the DPP likely securing a majority in the Legislative Yuan. The KMT is perceived by voters as being pro-China, so the shift in domestic politics driving the probable DPP victory may have profound implications for regional security and economic dynamics, not to mention U.S. foreign policy in East Asia. In this Asia Report, we present the analysis offered at a recent conference – Voting for Change: The Impact of Taiwan’s Upcoming Elections, sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Election, Independence, KMT, DPP, China, Cross-strait
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  2. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 34: Prospects for Expanding Taiwan’s International Role [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 34: Prospects for Expanding Taiwan’s International Role
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: Taiwan faces a host of challenges in its cross strait relations with a rising China. Among these challenges, Taiwan’s sovereignty and status affect Taiwan’s ability to effectively navigate international institutions and organizations. Nonetheless, Taiwan has made some gains in its participation in international institutions, particularly in the fields of global health and disaster relief. What are the implications of these gains for Taiwan, moving forward? These issues came under scrutiny at a Taiwan Roundtable on “Prospects for Expanding Taiwan’s International Role,” held at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The panel included Wei-chin Lee, Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University, Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia and Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic & International Studies, and Jacques deLisle, Professor of Law and Political Science and Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, One-China, International, Participation, Role, Soft power
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  3. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 35: The R.O.C. at the End of WWII [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 35: The R.O.C. at the End of WWII
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: 2015 served as the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII which was celebrated by many Asian countries, including the P.R.C. and Korea. Lost among much of this commemoration has been the role of the R.O.C. at the end of WWII, including its contribution to the Chinese victory over Japan and how this influenced subsequent events on the Mainland. These topics were discussed at a Taiwan Roundtable on “The R.O.C. at the End of WWII,” held at the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. The roundtable included opening remarks by Dr. Lyushun Shen, Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO). Following his remarks, a panel of experts provided their insights, including James Hsiung, Professor of Political Science, New York University, William Kirby, T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies, Harvard University, and Maochun Yu, Professor, US Naval Academy.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, WWII, Taiwan, Kai-Shek, Wartime, Contribution, KMT
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  4. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 25: Conflict in the Face of Cooperation: Exploring the Complexity of Chinese Policy in East Asia [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 25: Conflict in the Face of Cooperation: Exploring the Complexity of Chinese Policy in East Asia
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: What explains escalating tensions between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea over the past several years? Is conflict inevitable as a rising China seeks to protect its national interests or will global trade and international organizations ensure peaceful economic cooperation throughout East Asia? These pressing questions were the subject of a recent lecture – Rocky Rise: China’s East Asia Policy (2009-Present) – sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies. Dr. Nicholas Khoo, senior lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Otago in New Zealand, shared insights he gained through interviews with Chinese academics and analysts conducted in Beijing last year on the increasing complexity and direction of China’s regional policy. In this Asia Report, we present Dr. Khoo’s views on debates over Chinese foreign policy, his understanding of Beijing’s recent actions, and his recommendations for U.S. policymakers.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, South China Sea, Conflict, Taiwan, China, Cooperation
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  5. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 24: Taiwan Conference: “Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities” [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 24: Taiwan Conference: “Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities”
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The Sigur Center co-hosted a conference with the 21st Century Foundation of Taiwan on February 27 entitled “Cross-Strait Political Dialogue: Challenges and Opportunities.” The first panel focused largely on the prospects of bilateral forums and dialogue between China and Taiwan for improving political and security relations across the Taiwan Strait. Panelists included Dr. Su-Po Kao of the 21st Century Foundation, Dr. Teng-Chi Chang of National Taiwan University and Joseph Bosco of the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The second panel focused more on Washington’s role in cross-Strait dialogue and security and featured Dr. Fu-Kuo Liu of National Chengchi University, Dr. Chih-Chieh Chou of National Cheng Kung University and Dr. Robert Sutter of the George Washington University.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, Cross-strait, Peace, Dialogue, China, Reunification
    Date Uploaded: 03/03/2018
  6. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 22: Building Cross-Strait Military CBMs - A Goal Between Far and Near [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 22: Building Cross-Strait Military CBMs - A Goal Between Far and Near
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The issue of military confidence building measures, or CBMs, between China (P.R.C.) and Taiwan (R.O.C.) is one of continued importance to all parties interested in peaceful cross-Strait relations. CBMs are no less important at a time when cross-Strait relations seem to be relatively tranquil and heading in a promising direction, especially in light of increased economic integration. Various facets of the cross-Strait CBM issue were discussed at a Taiwan Roundtable entitled “Building Cross-Strait Military CBMs - A Goal Between Far and Near” held by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies on August 27, 2013.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Cross-strait, China, Taiwan, Rebalance, Military CBM
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  7. Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 18: "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations" [Download]

    Title: Sigur Center Asia Report, Issue 18: "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations"
    Author: Sigur Center for Asian Studies
    Description: The Sigur Center for Asian Studies held a conference on March 1 entitled "Opportunity in Ambiguity: Issues in Taiwan's International Relations" which focused on two salient examples of ambiguity in Taiwan's external relations: the strategic ambiguity policy of the United States, and the 1992 Consensus. The first panel on strategic ambiguity--a policy in which the US is purposely unclear whether it would intervene in a cross-Strait conflict-- featured presentations by Dean Chen of Ramapo College and Scott Kastner of the University of Maryland, as well as a keynote address by Alan Romberg of the Stimson Center. The second panel on the 1992 Consensus (a compromise also known as "one China, respective interpretations" in which Beijing and Taipei agreed in 1992 that there is only one China in the world, but disagree on what that "one China" is) included presentations by Yu-long Ling of the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Institute, Vincent Wang of the University of Virginia, and Dean Chen. Professor James Hsiung of New York University (NYU) began the conference with a discussion on the role of ambiguity in international relations more broadly.
    Keywords: Sigur Center Asia Report, Sigur Center, ESIA, Elliott School of International Affairs, Asian studies, Asia, Foreign affairs, International affairs, Taiwan, US-China, US-Taiwan, Cross-strait, China, Asia-Pacific, Security, Conflict, Sovereignty
    Date Uploaded: 02/24/2018
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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