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What will President Donald Trump’s policy toward Taiwan be? What should it be? Please join Washington D.C.’s only think tank devoted to research about Taiwan for a conversation about the future direction of Taiwan policy under the Trump administration, including its promises and possible pitfalls. We have convened a panel of experts with experience in government, diplomacy, and policymaking, as well as seasoned observers of the US-Taiwan relationship, in order to tackle pressing questions about this critical relationship and its future under President Donald Trump. The panel will feature opening remarks by former Director of the American Institute in Taiwan Ambassador Stephen M. Young, GTI Senior Fellow David An, the well-known author and East Asia expert Gordon Chang, and Center for the National Interest’s Director of Defense Studies and Executive Editor Harry Kazianis.
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David An was recently an East Asia political-military affairs officer at the U.S. State Department for six years starting in 2009. He was the architect of the first Taiwan political-military visits to the U.S., which have continued to occur annually. Mr. An received a State Department Superior Honor Award for initiating this series of visits, and also for taking the lead on congressional notification of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in 2010. In September 2012, the State Department sent him to New York as a U.S. adviser to the United Nations General Assembly. Mr. An was a senior project manager for THAAD missile systems at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. He is currently engaged in Ph.D. research at Catholic University on East Asia political economy and security. He received his M.A. from UCSD Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy and his B.A. from UC Berkeley. As a Fulbright scholar, he researched democracy in Taiwan and village elections in China. He has published and spoken widely on East Asian politics and security.
Gordon G. Chang is the author of The Coming Collapse of China (2001) and Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World (2006), both from Random House. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Commentary, and The Weekly Standard, among other publications. Chang has given numerous briefings in Washington and other capitals and has frequently appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Bloomberg, CNBC, MSNBC, and PBS. He is a columnist at The Daily Beast and a Forbes.com contributor. He blogs at World Affairs Journal. Chang has served two terms as trustee of Cornell University.
Harry J. Kazianis is a Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest and Executive Editor for its publishing arm, The National Interest. He currently holds several fellowships focusing on national security and defense-related issues, including Senior Fellow (non-resident) at the Nottingham, U.K.-based China Policy Institute, as well as a Fellow for National Security Policy at the Potomac Foundation. Kazianis is also a columnist for AsiaTimes. In the past he has led the foreign policy and defense communications efforts of the Heritage Foundation, served as Editor-In-Chief of The Diplomat Magazine, as well as a a fellow at CSIS-PACNET. He is the author of the book The Tao of A2/AD. Mr. Kazianis has provided expert commentary and/or published op-eds and analysis for multiple publications including the Financial Times, CNBC, NPR, CNN, RollCall, Reuters,The Hill, The Hugh Hewitt Show, Newsweek, BBC, DefenseOn
Dr. Stephen M. Young served as a U.S. diplomat for over 33 years, with assignments in Washington, Taipei, Moscow, Beijing, Kyrgyzstan and Hong Kong. He earned a BA at Wesleyan University and a PhD in history at the University of Chicago. Young was Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic, Director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and Consul General to Hong Kong. Young first lived in Taiwan as a teen in the 1960’s, when his father was a MAAG Advisor to the Taiwan military. He has lived a total of 11 years in Taiwan. Since retiring to his family home in New Hampshire in 2013, Young has been writing and speaking. He was a Visiting Professor at Wesleyan University last year, where he taught a seminar on Modern Chinese Foreign Policy. Young speaks Russian and Chinese. His wife, Barbara Finamore, founded the China Program in Beijing for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).