July 19: Taiwan’s Role in the South China Sea

July 19: Taiwan’s Role in the South China Sea


Please join the Global Taiwan Institute on July 19, as we host a public seminar examining Taiwan’s role in the South China Sea, with a focus on Taiwan’s unique geographic location, historical claims, administration of islands in the region, and complex international status. We will look at the importance of maritime security and freedom of navigation for trade and regional stability, and consider Taiwan’s options going forward. We are joined on the panel by regional experts with backgrounds in government, trade, security, and conflict resolution.

Doors will open at 11:30. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:00. Kindly RSVP by July 17. Please direct questions or concerns to abell@globaltaiwan.org.

**Media: Please contact Anna Scott Bell at abell@globaltaiwan.org if you would like to bring additional crew members or equipment, so that we can be sure to accommodate you.


Dr. Chi-Ting Tsai is an assistant professor of international law in the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his J.S.D. from Cornell Law School. His specialized fields of interest are law of the sea, East and South China Sea disputes, international human rights and U.S. constitutional law.


Ian Easton is a Research Fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, where he conducts research on defense and security issues in Asia. He worked as a China Analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA), and has been a Visiting Fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIAA). Ian holds an M.A. in China Studies from National Chengchi University in Taiwan and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Anthony Nelson is a Director of the East Asia and Pacific practice at ASG, where he advises clients on market entry, public relations, and business strategy in Southeast Asia. Prior to joining ASG, Mr. Nelson worked for eight years at the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. He managed the Council’s teams in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam, helped lead the first U.S. business mission to Myanmar after sanctions were lifted, and organized U.S. business engagement with the ASEAN economic ministers on behalf of the Council. Mr. Nelson also was the Council lead for US-ASEAN Business Alliance for Competitive Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, a collaboration with USAID which has trained more than 5000 entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia. He received a B.S. from Northwestern University in Communications.

Dr. Christopher Yung is the Donald Bren Chair of Non-Western Strategic Thought, Marine Corps University (MCU). In this capacity, he serves as the Director of East Asian Studies for MCU, and lectures on topics related to East Asian Security. He is a former Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director at the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs, Institute for National Strategic Studies, National Defense University (NDU). In that capacity, Dr. Yung provided insights and counsel for the Office of Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Intelligence Community, and the Combatant Commanders Dr. Yung has been the author, editor, and contributor to numerous books, articles and monographs on China’s naval and military power. Prior to his entering into government service, Dr. Yung was a Senior Research Analyst at the CNA Corporation. In addition to Dr. Yung’s China-related work he has direct operations analysis experience with the U.S. Navy operating forces, a Marine Corps component staff, and Pentagon staffs. Dr. Yung holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.


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