Graphic: Flag of Taiwan, Text: The Sigur center for Asian Studies Presents: preview of Taiwan Elections 2020: Anticipating a Democracy In Action

12/11/19: Preview of Taiwan Elections 2020: Anticipating a Democracy in Action

Taiwan Conference Series


Wednesday, December 11, 2019

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

City View Room, 7th Floor

Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052


Flag of Taiwan, Text: The Sigur Center for Asian Studies Presents: Preview of Taiwan Elections 2020: Anticipating a Democracy in Action

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies cordially invites you to a conference with policy analysts and scholars on Taiwan, one of the world’s most thriving and lively democracies, which is going to the polls on January 11, 2020.

This election season has seen new and unexpected political actors in Taiwan, a mixed economic climate, more upheaval in neighboring Hong Kong, and continued cross-strait pressure from China. What are the key factors and actors to watch and how are they likely to influence the election outcomes?



10:00am – 10:20am: Registration

10:20am – 10:30am: Opening Remarks

  • Welcome remarks: Benjamin Hopkins, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies; Associate Professor of History and International Affairs, GWU

10:30am – 12:00pm: Panel I: The Evolving Electoral Landscape: The Public, The Parties, The Economy

  • Public Attitudes and the ElectionsWei-Chin Lee, Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University
  • Political Parties, Priorities and StrategiesHans Stockton,  Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Coordinator, Taiwan and East Asia Studies Program, University of St. Thomas in Houston
  • Economics, Business and the ElectionsRupert Hammond-Chambers, President, U.S.-Taiwan Business Council

Moderator: Ed McCord, Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs, GW

12:00pm – 12:30pm: Lunch

12:30pm – 2:00pm: Panel II: External Forces and the Elections: Challenges and Opportunities for Democratic Consolidation

  • Cyber and Social Media Challenges to Taiwan’s Democracy & Beyond from ChinaSteven Livingston, Director of Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics & Professor of Media and Public Affairs, GW
  • Hong Kong and Lessons for Taiwan’s Political System, Jessica Drun, Non-Resident Fellow, The Project 2049 Institute
  • Chinese Influence in Australian Politics and Lesson for Taiwan: Yu-Hua Chen, Visiting Fellow, East Asia National Resource Center, GW
  • U.S. Perspectives and Policy on Taiwan and ImpactRichard Bush, Chen-Fu and Cecelia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies, Brookings Institution

Moderator: Deepa Ollapally, Research Professor of International Affairs and Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, GW


RICHARD BUSH is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, in its Center for East Asia Policy Studies. He also holds the Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies. He came to Brookings in July 2002 after nineteen years working in the US government and after five years as the Chairman and Managing Director of the American Institute in Taiwan. In July 1995, Dr. Bush became National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, in charge of the analytic work of the intelligence committee concerning Taiwan, China, and other countries. Dr. Bush became chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan in September 1997. During his five years as chairman, he played a key role in the conduct and articulation of U.S. policy towards Taiwan, particularly in the transition of power to President Chen Shui-bian and the Democratic Progressive Party after fifty-five years of KMT rule.

Dr. Richard Bush, pictured in professional attire

RUPERT HAMMOND-CHAMBERS is President of the US-Taiwan Business Council. Mr. Hammond-Chambers is also the Managing Director of the Taiwan for Bower Group Asia – a strategic consultancy focused on designing winning strategies for companies. In addition, he is responsible for Bower Group Asia’s defense and security practice. He sits on the Board of the Project2049 Institute, and on the Advisory Boards of Redwood Partners International, The Sabatier Group, and the Pacific Star Fund. He is a Trustee of Fettes College and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. 

Rupert Hammond-Chambers, pictured in professional attire

WEI-CHUN LEE is Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University, North Carolina. He has published several books, including The Mutual Non-denial Principle, China’s Interests, and Taiwan’s Expansion of International Participation (2014), and National Security, Public Opinion, and Regime Asymmetry (co-edited, 2017). His most recent publication is an edited volume titled Taiwan’s Political Re-alignment and Diplomatic Challenges (Palgrave Mcmillan, 2019). His articles have appeared in numerous scholarly journals, such as American Journal of Chinese Studies, Asian Affairs, Asian Perspective, Asian Security, Asian Survey, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Northeast Asian Studies, Taiwan Journal of Democracy, and World Affairs.  His teaching and research interests are foreign policy and domestic politics of China and Taiwan, US policy toward East Asia, international security, and international institutions.

Professor Wei-Chun Lee, pictured in professional attire

STEVEN LIVINGSTON is is Professor of Media and Public Affairs and International Affairs and the Founding Director of the Institute for Data, Democracy, and Politics (IDDP) at George Washington University. Between 2016 and 2019 he was also a Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. He studies the role of technology in politics and policy processes, including human rights monitoring, disinformation campaigns, governance, and the provisioning of public goods. Among other publications, Livingston has written When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (W. Lance Bennett and Regina Lawrence, co-authors) (University of Chicago Press, 2007); and Africa’s Information Revolution: Implications for Crime, Policing, and Citizen Security (NDU Press, 2013). He has appeared on CNN, ABC, BBC, NPR, al Jazeera and many other news organizations commenting on public policy and politics. His research and consulting activities have taken him to over 50 countries since 2006.

Professor Steven Livingston, pictured in professional attire

HANS STOCKTON is Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Coordinator, Taiwan and East Asia Studies Program at the University of St. Thomas in Houston. He is Director of the Center for International Studies and Master in Public Policy and Administration Program at the University of St. Thomas, where he holds the Cullen Trust for Higher Education/Fayez Sarofim Endowed Chair in International Studies. His areas of academic specialization are democratization, elections, and security in contemporary Asia Pacific. He has co-edited the edited book, Taiwan: The Development of a Mini-Dragon, published in 2019. Dr. Stockton is also a Center Associate of the Election Studies Center at National Cheng Chi University in Taipei. He has served as president of the American Association of Chinese Studies (2015, 2016), coordinator of the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (2012 – 2014), and multiple terms as president of the Southwest Conference on Asian Studies. He has served or serves on the board of directors of the Houston-Taipei Society, Japan America Society, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Association. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

Dr.Hans Stocking, pictured in professional attire

JESSICA DRUN iNon-Resident Fellow with the Project 2049 Institute. She was previously a project associate at the National Bureau of Asian Research, where she managed and assisted with the organization’s Taiwan programming, as well as its annual People’s Liberation Army conference. Her research interests include cross-Strait relations, Taiwan domestic politics, U.S.-China relations. Drun has also held positions at the National Defense University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She graduated with a MA in Asian Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and conversational in Min Nan Chinese.

Jessica Drun, pictured in professional attire

YU-HUA CHEN is a lecturer at the Australian National University (ANU) and Visiting Fellow at the East Asia National Resource Center at GW. He is broadly interested in China’s security policy, international relations theory, and East Asia politics. His doctoral research investigates the role of buffer states in shaping China’s security policies towards North Korea, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His doctoral research has been supported by grants from the Taiwan government, ANU, and Peking University. Chen has published in a variety of publications, including The National Interest, IPR Review, East Asia Forum, the Taiwan Insight, The China Policy Institute Blog, and Thinking-Taiwan. His recent articles include, “Power and Influence: Chinese Influence on Australia’s Politics and Academia,” New Society for Taiwan, (2017).

Professor Yu-Hua Chen, pictured in professional attire

BENJAMIN HOPKINS is a specialist in modern South Asian history, in particular that of Afghanistan, as well as British imperialism. His research focuses on the role of the colonial state in creating the modern states inhabiting the region. His first book, The Making of Modern Afghanistan, examined the efforts of the British East India Company to construct an Afghan state in the early part of the nineteenth century and provides a corrective to the history of the so-called ‘Great Game.’ His second book, Fragments of the Afghan Frontier, co-authored with anthropologist Magnus Marsden. Hopkins is currently working on a comparative history of frontiers across empires, using the history of the governance of the Afghanistan-Pakistan frontier as the central case study. Outside of GW, his research has been funded by Trinity College, Cambridge, the Nuffield Foundation (UK), the British Academy, the American Institute of Iranian Studies, the Leverhulme Trust and the National University of Singapore. At GW, he also oversees the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the new East Asia National Resource Center, a prestigious Department of Education Title VI grant that will increase accessibility for K-12 educators and students in language and area studies for East Asia.

Dr. Benjamin Hopkins, pictured in professional attire

EDWARD MCCORD is Professor Emeritus of History and International Affairs at the George Washington University. His research focuses on Chinese military-civil relations and he is the author of The Power of the Gun: The Emergence of Modern Chinese Warlordism (1985) and Military Force and Elite Power in the Formation of Modern China (2014). He is a frequent lecturer on Chinese history for the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and the Smithsonian Institution.  During his career at George Washington University he served at various points as Vice Dean and Associate Dean of the Elliott School of International Affairs, Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and Director of the Asian Studies Program. He was also the founder and head of GW’s Taiwan Education and Research Program. Currently he is the editor of the American Journal of Chinese Studies. Professor McCord received his Ph.D. in Chinese history from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Edward McCord, pictured in professional attire

DEEPA OLLAPALLY is Research Professor of International Affairs, Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies, and Director of the Rising Powers Initiative. Dr. Ollapally specializes in regional security of South Asia, Indian foreign policy, and the role of identity in international relations. Her current research focuses on maritime security in the Indian Ocean and the impact of regional power shifts and the intersection of security and identity in India-China relations. Ollapally is the author of five books including Worldviews of Aspiring Powers (Oxford, 2012). Her most recent books are two edited volumes, Energy Security in Asia and Eurasia (Routledge, 2017) and Nuclear Debates in Asia: The Role of Geopolitics and Domestic Processes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016). She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Dr. Deepa Ollapally, pictured in professional attire
“The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and 21st Century Relations” (2nd ed.) by Robert Sutter

12/9/2019: “The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and 21st Century Relations” (2nd ed.) Book Launch with Professor Robert Sutter

Elliot School Book Launch Series
The National Bureau of Asian Research
The Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Monday, December 9, 2019

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Lindner Commons, 602 

Elliott School of International Affairs

1957 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

“The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and 21st Century Relations” (2nd ed.) by Professor Robert Sutter Book Cover

The Elliott School Book Launch Series, National Bureau of Asian Research, and Sigur Center for Asian Studies invite you to an event celebrating the launch of Professor Robert Sutter’s new book with Roy Kamphausen of the National Bureau of Asian Research. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A. Light refreshments will be provided.

Book signing from 1:30-1:45pm
Book sale from 1:30-1:45pm & 3-3:15pm

About the Event:
Dr. Sutter wrote the first edition of this book five years ago, discerning five major determinants of Asian regional dynamics since the end of the 20th century. They are:
– Changing power relationships — notably China’s rise
– Economic globalization
– Regional hot spots — notably North Korea
– Growing multilateralism
– US engagement and withdrawal.

He concluded that the Obama government’s re-balance policy fit regional dynamics well. This second edition explains Obama’s failure to deal effectively with expanding Chinese assertiveness, setting the stage for acute US-China rivalry that dominates regional dynamics going forward. Professor Sutter’s talk on December 9 will focus on assessing that rivalry and its growing impact on the region.

This event is free, open to the public, and on the record.

About the Speaker:
Robert Sutter has been a Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University since 2011. He also served as Director of the School’s main undergraduate program involving over 2,000 students from 2013-2019.

Before arriving at GWU, Professor Sutter was Visiting Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University (2001-2011). A Ph.D. graduate in History and East Asian Languages from Harvard University, he has published 22 books (four with multiple editions), over 300 articles and several hundred government reports dealing with contemporary East Asian and Pacific countries and their relations with the United States.

His most recent book is The United States and Asia: Regional Dynamics and Twenty-first Century Relations (2nd Edition) (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). Sutter’s government career (1968-2001) saw service as Senior Specialist and Director of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Division of the Congressional Research Service, the National Intelligence Officer for East Asia and the Pacific at the U.S. Government’s National Intelligence Council, the China division Director at the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

About the moderator:
Roy D. Kamphausen is President of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), where he has contributed substantially to numerous publications and conferences. Mr. Kamphausen is also the Deputy Director of the IP Commission and a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

Prior to joining NBR, Mr. Kamphausen served as a career U.S. Army officer, as a China policy director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a China strategist for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

He has published extensively on China’s People’s Liberation Army, U.S.-China defense relations, East Asian security issues, innovation, and intellectual property protection. He is frequently cited in U.S. and international media and lectures at leading U.S. military institutions.

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