EVENTS: Taiwan Forum: Taiwan’s Election, Cross-Strait Relations, and Taiwan’s Role in East Asia (12/01/2014-12/02/2014)


Organized by the BU Center for the Study of Asia, Pardee School of Global Studies,  Harvard University Taiwan Studies Workshop, 

with support from the ROC Ministry of Education, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston 

After years of tension and uncertainty in the Taiwan Strait area, cross-Strait relations have been remarkably stable in recent years. But the politics of both the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan are always changing, and it is uncertain if this stability will hold.  This symposium will look at the November 29 municipal elections and what they suggest about trends in Taiwan. What are the regional and global implications of these trends? Can China and Taiwan maintain a stable and productive relationship?

This symposium will take place over two days.

The first day, December 1, will take place at the Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston University, 3:00-5:00 (reception to follow). The second day, December 2, will take place at the John K. Fairbank Center, Harvard University.

December 1: “The November 29 Elections”

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Monday, December 1
Location: Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road, Boston (closest T stop on Green B line is Boston University EAST)


John Hsieh, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina
  “The November 29th Elections: Who Won?”

Tung Chen-yuan, Distinguished Professor at  the Graduate Institute of Development Studies, National Chengchi University
  “Asia-Pacific Economic Integration and Cross-Strait Economic Relations.”

Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor and Chair, Davidson College
  “Political Trends in Taiwan: Identity, the Sunflower Movement, and Cross-Strait Relations”

Andrew Yang, Assistant Professor, Sun Yat-sen University and former Minister of Defense, Republic of China
  “Political Trends in Taiwan: Implications for National Defense”

December 2: Taiwan in International Perspective

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm, Tuesday, December 2
Location: Harvard University, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, CGIS South, Room S020, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge


Richard Bush, Director, Center for East Asia Policy Studies, Brookings Institution
  “Taiwan and Asia”

Raymond Burghardt, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, American Institute in Taiwan
  “An American Perspective on Taiwan”

Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow, Stimson Center
  “The State of Cross-Strait Relations”

Steven M. Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, Smith College
  “Cross-Strait Relations: The China, United States, Taiwan Tangle”

Steven Young, former Director, American Institute in Taiwan
“The United States and Taiwan”