The upcoming Taiwanese presidential election on January 16, 2016 might have a potential impact on Taiwan’s defense posture. How will the election outcomes affect Taiwan’s future defense role? What is the likelihood of a US arms sales package to Taiwan? Are there other possible regional cooperation that Taiwan should pursue?

To answer these questions, our discussion brings together Mr. Ian Easton, Research Fellow at Project 2049 Institute, to speak on the next possible US arms sales package to Taiwan; Mr. Robert Manning, Senior Fellow of the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council, to speak on the current Taiwan submarines program, its role in building an anti A2AD network, and other possible regional cooperation; and Ms. Joanna Yu Taylor, Adjunct Member at RAND Corporation to speak on how the January 2016 Taiwanese elections might affect Taiwan’s national security, defense, and military. The discussion will be moderated by Mr. Isaac StoneFish, Asia Editor at Foreign Policy

This Atlantic Council event is part of the Cross-Straits Series of the Brent Scowcroft Center’s Asia Security Initiative, which examines strategic and current affairs surrounding cross-straits relations.

Ian Easton
Research Fellow 
Project 2049 Institute

Joanna Yu Taylor
Adjunct Member
RAND Corporation

Robert Manning
Resident Senior Fellow,
Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council

Isaac Stone Fish
Asia Editor
Foreign Policy

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