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Please join the Atlantic Council on Wednesday, July 28, from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EDT) for a virtual public Cross-Strait Seminar on enhancing deterrence in the Taiwan Strait.

Cross-strait tensions have escalated to a new level in 2021. In response to Beijing’s increasing cross-strait pressures, the United States has taken a number of steps to signal that its support for Taiwan remains—as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken characterized it—“rock solid.” In addition to accelerating progress in the bilateral US-Taiwan relationship, the Biden administration has been working to encourage allies and partners to publicly affirm their support for cross-strait stability. Despite progress in these areas, however, it remains unclear how far the Chinese government may be willing to go to realize its goal of unification, through military or other means, in the years ahead.


The Hon. Franklin D. Kramer
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
Distinguished Fellow and Board Director
​​​Atlantic Council

Michael Mazarr
Senior Political Scientist
RAND Corporation

Michael Mazza
American Enterprise Institute

Moderated by

Miyeon Oh
Director and Senior Fellow, Asia Security Initiative,
Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security
​​​Atlantic Council

How serious is the threat of Chinese military action in the near and long term, and what steps can the Biden Administration take to enhance deterrence in the Taiwan strait? Are US strategic objectives best served by maintaining “strategic ambiguity,” adopting some form of “strategic clarity,” or pursuing something different altogether? What should Taiwan do to better prepare itself to face a range of Chinese threats, military or otherwise, in the years ahead? What non-military measures can the United States and Taiwan take to enhance deterrence across the Taiwan Strait, and how do recent discussions of starting negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement fit into this context? What security role can US allies and partners, both in the region and beyond, realistically play in a crisis, and how should that shape US efforts to deter Chinese military action?

This timely virtual discussion will address these and other questions facing the United States and Taiwan as they work to effectively navigate one of the greatest geopolitical flashpoints in the Indo-Pacific moving forward.

Indo-Pacific Security Initiative

The Indo-Pacific Security Initiative works with US, allied, and partner governments and other key stakeholders to shape strategies and policies to mitigate the most important rising security challenges facing the region, including China’s growing threat to the international order and North Korea’s destabilizing nuclear weapons advancements. IPSI also addresses opportunities for cooperation in the region, such as transforming regional security architectures, harnessing emerging technologies, and developing new mechanisms for deterrence and defense cooperation.