Cross Strait Seminar Series

This project looks broadly at major security and economic issues impacting the strategic landscape in the Asia Pacific and how they will affect the US-China-Taiwan trilateral relationship. Past topics of discussion include growing Asian defense spending, the challenge of Chinese cyber attacks and espionage, and the impact of nationalism on security in East Asia.
  • Trump is Making Asia Anxious

    Exemplified by his extraordinary phone conversation with the leader of Taiwan and his tweets criticizing China, US President-elect Donald Trump’s undefined stance on Asia has created uncertainty and anxiety throughout the region.

    “The United States is a very important strategic and economic partner,” consequently, countries throughout the region are “anxious to find out what the new administration is going to do…and anxious to work with the new administration,” said Meredith Miller, vice president of Albright Stonebridge Group.

    On December 2, Trump spoke with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, in what the Washington Post reported was “a breach of protocol that could disrupt US-China ties before the inauguration.” The call was the first by a US president-elect or president since Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from China to Taiwan in 1979. Since 1979, US-China relations have been governed by the “one-China” policy under which the United States acknowledges Beijing’s claim that Taiwan is part of China.

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  • Cross-Strait Series: What’s Next for Asia under President-Elect Trump?

    On December 2, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a discussion on the incoming administration’s Asia policy and its potential impacts for the region. The session was led by David Wertime, a senior editor at Foreign Policy magazine.

    Following a welcome and introductory remarks by the Honorable Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Wertime moderated a panel on President-Elect Trump’s Asia policy featuring Russell Hsiao, executive director of the Global Taiwan Institute; Shihoko Goto, senior associate for Northeast Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program; and Meredith Miller, vice president at Albright Stonebridge Group.

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  • The Future of Trade in Taiwan

    On May 26, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s Asia Security Initiative hosted a Cross-Straits Series event on the future of trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Taiwan. The discussion brings together Ms. Wendy Cutler, vice president and managing director, Asia Society Policy Institute; Ms. Tami Overby, senior vice president for Asia, US Chamber of Commerce; and Dr. Olin Wethington, nonresident senior fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, Atlantic Council. Mr. Shawn Donnan, world trade editor at Financial Times moderated the discussion.

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  • Cross-Straits Series: Conflict in the Taiwan Strait?

    On February 9, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a discussion on the possibility and consequences of a war in the Taiwan Strait. The featured discussants were Dr. Roger Cliff, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council; Ms. Tiffany Ma, Director of Political and Security Affairs at the National Bureau of Asian Research; and Dr. Thomas McNaugher, Professor in Practice and Director of Studies at Georgetown University's Center for Security Studies. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Shannon Tiezzi, Managing Editor at The Diplomat.

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  • Cross Strait Series: The Future of Taiwan’s Defense Role

    On December 9, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security's Asia Security Initiative hosted a Cross-Straits Series event on the future of Taiwan's defense role. The discussion brings together Ms. Joanna Yu Taylor, Adjunct Member of the RAND Corporation; Mr. Robert Manning, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security; and Mr. Ian Easton, Research Fellow of the Project 2049 Institute. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Isaac Stone Fish, Asia Editor at Foreign Policy.

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  • Cross-Straits Series: Implications of the Upcoming Taiwanese Elections to the Asia-Pacific

    The upcoming Taiwanese presidential election on January 16, 2016 has drawn increasing attention to Beijing and Taipei's relationship. In Taiwan, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate, Tsai Ing-wen, has been projected to defeat the ruling Kuomingtang (KMT) Nationalist Party candidate in 2016 by different polling agencies. For eight years, KMT has taken a pro-China stance, which helped stabilize the relationship between the two governments. How will the election results affect Taiwan’s relationship with China and other Asia-Pacific countries? 

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  • Cross-Straits Series: Implications of Energy Security on Critical Geopolitical, Economic, and Environmental Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region

    On May 14, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security’s (BSC) Asia Security Initiative hosted a Cross-Straits Series event on the effects of energy security in the Asia-Pacific. Considering the heated debates on the region today, energy security has been a relatively underappreciated and under-examined topic. This discussion with Edward C. Chow, a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Van Jackson, a Visiting Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, Robert A. Manning, a Senior Fellow at BSC of the Atlantic Council, and Meredith Miller, the Senior Vice President of Trade, Economic, and Energy Affairs and Director of The National Bureau of Asian Research in DC, was moderated by Keith Johnson, a Senior Reporter at Foreign Policy, and provided insights from different perspectives on the issue.

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  • Cross-Straits Series: Implications of The Emerging Anti-Access and Area Denial (A2/AD) Capabilities in the Asia-Pacific

    On March 17, Atlantic Council's Asia Security Initiative in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a Cross-Straits Series event on the implications of the emerging anti-access and area denial (A2/AD) capabilities in the Asia-Pacific. This event featured Ms. Christel Fonzo-Eberhard, Manager of Monitor 360; Ms. Yuki Tatsumi, Senior Associate of the East Asia Program at the Stimson Center; and Dr. Roger Cliff, Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. The panel was moderated by Mr. Harry J. Kazianis, Editor of RealClearDefense.

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  • Democratic Developments in Asia: Implications of the Hong Kong Demonstrations for Cross-Straits Relations

    On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security welcomed Christopher K. Johnson, senior adviser and Freeman chair in China studies of the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Sophie Richardson, China director of Human Rights Watch, and Alan D. Romberg, distinguished fellow and director, East Asia program of the Stimson Center for the event titled "Democratic Developments in Asia: Implications of the Hong Kong Demonstrations for Cross-Straits Relations." The event was welcomed by the Scowcroft Center's Barry Pavel, vice president and director, and was moderated by David Wertime, senior editor of the Tea Leaf Nation at Foreign Policy. The focus of the event was the current protests in Hong Kong and its implications to the political and social issues in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China.

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  • The Future of the US-Taiwan Relationship

    Signed in 1979, the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) serves as the cornerstone of US-Taiwan relations. It guarantees crucial support for Taiwan’s security, economic prosperity, and democratization from the United States.

    The Atlantic Council celebrated the thirty-fifth anniversary of the TRA on Capitol Hill with a discussion on the future of the US-Taiwan relationship. Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Dr. Shen Lyushun, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, shared their perspectives on the US-Taiwan relationship and what role Taiwan could play in President Obama’s policy of rebalancing toward Asia.

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