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.
  • 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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  • Admiral Locklear Discusses the Future of Asian Security

    Not only a vital driver of the global economy, the Asia Pacific is also the most militarized region in the world, containing seven of the ten largest standing militaries in the world together with five declared nuclear nations. The United States maintains a strong presence within this uncertain and dynamic security environment, and its role will continue to be solidified both geographically and through its alliances and partnerships in the region. In an event hosted by the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security on March 6, 2014, the commander of US Pacific Command (PACOM), Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III discussed the near- and longer-term outlook for PACOM to reinforce the US security architecture in the Asia Pacific, and the challenges and opportunities facing PACOM as it executes the Obama administration’s core defense strategic priorities.
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  • Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia

    Power is shifting to Asia. The development of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an ambitious trade agreement among twelve countries in the Asia-Pacific region, will play a major in that shift by aiding the economic and security integration in Asia with Western powers. On December 3, 2013, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security held a panel discussion as part of its Cross-Straits Seminar Series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia.
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  • Transcript: Cross-Straits Series - Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia

    On December 3, 2013, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security held a panel discussion as part of its Cross-Straits Seminar Series on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia.
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  • East Asia's Future: Nationalism or Integration?

    In the second event of the Cross-Strait Series, Ambassador Julia Chang-Bloch moderated a panel discussion on the growing nationalism in northeast Asia and the implications of this trend for the integration of the region and the notion of an Asia-Pacific community.
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  • China Beige Book Shows New Perspectives on Chinese Economy

    On January 31, the Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security hosted a Cross-Strait Seminar Series public event featuring Leland Miller, president of The China Beige Book International, Albert Keidel, a nonresident senior fellow with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, and Robert Goldberg, a principal with the Scowcroft Group. Mario Mancuso, a partner a Fried Frank, moderated the discussion.
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  • Ansari Africa Center Hosts Visit by Taiwanese Delegation

    The Michael S. Ansari Africa Center hosted a visit today by a delegation of government officials from the Republic of China on Taiwan, who are in Washington to meet with their US counterparts for discussion on piracy off the coast of Somalia and its impact on Taiwanese commercial shipping and fishing interests in the Indian Ocean.
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  • Global Trends 2030: The NIC's Four Alternative Scenarios for 2030

    Presenter: Dr. Mathew J. Burrows, Counselor, US National Intelligence Council; Principal Drafter, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds
    Keynote Response: Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
    Moderated by David Ignatius, Associate Editor, Washington Post

    This panel focused on presenting the megatrends, game-changers, and four potential future scenarios that the NIC identified in the Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds report.

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