June 7: Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

June 7: Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 12:00 PM1:30 PM

Event Description

Please join the Global Taiwan Institute on June 7, as we host a public seminar examining Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, and the opportunities it presents for US-Taiwan cooperation. The New Southbound Policy is a timely and comprehensive effort to diversify Taiwan’s trade and investment relationships, expanding ties with ASEAN nations and with South Asia. The seminar will look at the rationale behind the initiative, how this policy is being implemented, and what implications it has for the US-Taiwan relationship. Panelists include leaders in the business and policy communities, who will help us understand the local, regional, and international dynamics at play in this new initiative.

Doors will open at 11:30. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:00. Kindly RSVP by June 5. 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. 


David An is senior research fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute. He was a political-military affairs officer covering the East Asia region at the U.S. State Department from 2009 to 2014, and initiated the first Taiwan interagency political-military visit to the U.S., which have continued to occur annually. His responsibilities involved coordinating bilateral diplomatic dialogues, arms sales decision making, and reviewing military strategy with the Department of Defense. Mr. An received a State Department Superior Honor Award for initiating this series of political-military visits from senior Taiwan officials, and also for taking the lead on congressional notification of $6.4 billion dollars in U.S. arms sales to Taiwan in 2010. Prior to joining the State Department, he was a Fulbright scholar researching democracy in Taiwan and village elections in China.  He received his M.A. from UCSD Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy and his B.A. from UC Berkeley. He publishes and speaks widely on East Asian political and security matters.

Lotta Danielsson has been Vice President of the US-Taiwan Business Council since 2003; previously, she was Director of Corporate Affairs. As Vice President, Lotta is responsible for day-to-day operations, for building out the Council’s member/client base, and for working with the President on the future growth of the organization. As a student in the three-year International MBA program (Chinese Track) at the University of South Carolina, Lotta spent 19 months studying Mandarin Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan and in Beijing, China. She also worked as a consultant and marketer for the Beijing Sun-King Paper Company, where she worked with the management team to develop new marketing and administrative strategies and to launch a new brand into the Beijing market. Prior to joining the masters degree program, she worked as Department Director at New South Associates in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Lotta has lived, studied, and worked in Asia, Europe, and North America, is a native level speaker of Swedish and English, and has some proficiency in Mandarin Chinese.

Meredith Miller is a Vice President at ASG, where she helps clients develop strategies for long-term growth in Southeast Asian markets. Ms. Miller has over 15 years of experience in working on U.S.-Southeast Asia relations. Prior to joining ASG, she was Senior Vice President at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), where she led research programs on economic, energy, and trade issues to bring objective, detailed analysis of strategic developments in Asia to policymakers. Ms. Miller also oversaw NBR’s Washington, DC operations. Before that, Ms. Miller served at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs as Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Policy, where she developed interagency policy on regional economic issues and U.S. engagement in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum (APEC). She also was a Southeast Asia Analyst in the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research and an Associate Director at the White House National Security Council. Previously, Ms. Miller worked at the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council on a technical assistance program to support completion of a bilateral trade agreement between the United States and Vietnam. Ms. Miller serves as a Senior Advisor to NBR. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan. Ms. Miller speaks Indonesian. She is based in Washington, DC.

Iris Shaw is senior associate of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party’s Mission in the United States, where she serves as a liaison and interpreter for the policy communities between Taipei and Washington. From 2011 to 2013, Iris worked as program director of the Formosa Foundation in Los Angeles, focusing on Congressional advocacy, training programs, and media campaigns.  Iris served as a foreign policy counselor in the Executive Office of the Vice President of Taiwan from 2005 to 2008, where she worked closely with Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government agencies to enhance Taiwan’s global standing and participation in international organizations. She also worked as a journalist for Commonwealth Magazine, covering Taiwan’s high-tech industries. Iris received her Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University. She received her BA in Foreign Language and Literature and an M.A. in Journalism from National Taiwan University.

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