The opportunities for instant rhetoric offered by social and digital media add a new element to national and international discourse that can complicate relationships between countries and leaders, as with China’s recent condemnation of President Trump’s December 2017 tweet on North Korea. In today’s social media society, anyone with an internet connection can contribute to the international dialogue, which creates both opportunities and challenges for leaders as they work to maintain national, regional, and economic security.

How have governments adapted to address or harness the challenges and opportunities that arise from a growing global social media? Examining these concerns from the perspectives of the United States, China, and Taiwan, the Atlantic Council brings together a panel of experts as part of its Cross-Strait Seminar Series to discuss the rise of social and digital media and how it has impacted the trilateral relationship between these three countries. These experts discuss the specific challenges each country faces due to existing government practices or policies regarding social and digital media, and how each country responds when confronted with similar issues.

Mr. Russell Hsiao
Executive Director
Global Taiwan Institute

Ms. Anne Henochowicz
Commissioning Editor, China Channel
LA Review of Books

Dr. Gary King
Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor and Director, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Harvard University

Mr. Joseph Bosco (moderator)
Fellow, Institute for Corean-American Studies; Member, US-China Task Force
Center for the National Interest

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