July 11: President Reagan’s Six Assurances After 35 Years

July 11: President Reagan’s Six Assurances After 35 Years


Please join the Global Taiwan Institute on July 11, as we host a public seminar considering President Ronald Reagan’s Six Assurances from 1982 and their implications for today. As a key pillar of US-Taiwan relations, these assurances remain the bedrock of robust US support for Taiwan. Thirty-five years after they were issued, our seminar will look at how they continue to influence critical issues like arms sales to Taiwan, the US-China relationship, and debates about sovereignty. We are joined by former US and Taiwan government officials who will shed important light on the Six Assurances and their relevance for our own time, as the military balance tilts in favor of the People’s Liberation Army, Beijing exerts increasing pressure on Taiwan, and the United States seeks an effective response.

Doors will open at 11:30. A light lunch will be served, and the event will begin at 12:00. Kindly RSVP by July 9. 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. 


Jamie Fly is a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States.  He served as Counselor for Foreign and National Security Affairs to Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) from 2013-2017, serving as his Foreign Policy Advisor during his presidential campaign.  Prior to joining Senator Rubio’s staff in February 2013, he served as the Executive Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) from its founding in early 2009. Prior to joining FPI, Mr. Fly served in the Bush administration at the National Security Council (2008-2009) and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (2005-2008). He was director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council, where his portfolio included the Iranian nuclear program, Syria, missile defense, chemical weapons, proliferation finance, and other counterproliferation issues. In the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was an assistant for Transnational Threats Policy, where he helped to develop U.S. strategy related to the proliferation of missiles as well as nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. For his work in the Department of Defense, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service.  Mr. Fly received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from American University and an M.A. in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.

Lieutenant General Wallace “Chip” Gregson (USMC, Ret.) most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Previously, he was Chief Operating Officer for the United States Olympic Committee, then an independent consultant before entering Government in 2009. From 2003 to 2005, he was Commanding General of Marine Corps Forces Pacific and Marine Corps Forces Central Command, where he was responsible for over 70,000 Marines and Sailors in the Middle East, Afghanistan, East Africa, Asia and the United States. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Commanding General of III Marine Expeditionary Force and all Marine Corps forces in Japan. He was awarded the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun, the Gold and Silver Star; the Korean Order of National Security Merit, Gukseon Medal; and the Republic of China Order of the Resplendent Banner with Gold Sash.  Prior to his time in Japan he was Director of Asia-Pacific Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 1998 to 2000.

Lt.Gen. Gregson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; the U.S. Naval Institute; and the Marine Corps Association. He is a Trustee and Audit Committee Chairman of the Marine Corps University Foundation. He serves as a Director of the U.S. Naval Institute, and is also Chairman of the Audit Committee.  He is Senior Director of the China and the Pacific program at the Center for the National Interest. His civilian education includes a Bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, and Master’s degrees in Strategic Planning from the Naval War College, and International Relations from Salve Regina College. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of Public Service by the University of Maryland University College. He served as Chair, Banyan Analytics, an ANSER institute. He is currently a Senior Advisor at Avascent International and Director, China and the Pacific at the Center for the National Interest.

Dennis P. Halpin retired from the Foreign Service after serving overseas and at State Department headquarters for 26 years. He also served as senior professional staff member on the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. Dennis spent over a decade, until early 2013, as a principal advisor to multiple chairmen, a ranking member, and other members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on issues relating to the Asia Pacific region, Peace Corps and Consular Affairs. Prior to his Congressional service, Dennis had a career in the Foreign Service that spanned close to three decades and covered multiple issues. Dennis has a diverse educational background having graduated from the Korean Language Institute (KLI) at Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea; obtained a Master of the Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; holds a Master of Science degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, while studying one year of conversational Japanese at Columbia University. From November 1970 – February 1971, Dennis studied Korean culture, history, and language at the Peace Corps Training Center in Hilo, Hawaii, and the East/West Center, University of Hawaii, Honolulu. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Loyola University of Chicago.

David W.F. Huang is an associate research fellow of the Institute of European and American Studies, Academia Sinica. He also holds a joint appointment as a full-time Associate Professor in the Graduate Institute of National Development, National Taiwan University. From 2004 to 2008, he was transferred to the Taiwan government to serve on the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) and with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in the United States. His research interests focus on US-China-Taiwan relations, the EU, and comparative regionalism. His recent publications include the edited book, Asia Pacific Countries and the US Rebalancing Strategy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), the selected book article, “Lobbying for a ‘US-Taiwan FTA’ in the US Congress: Which ‘Fast-Track?’ What Target?” in Cheng-Yi Lin and Denny Roy (Eds.), The Future of United States, China and Taiwan Relations (pp. 101-120) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011); and the selected paper, “Competing for Cooperation? Understanding USA and China’s Participation in APEC Projects” at the workshop of IEAS, Academia Sinica, US-China Competition in the International Organizations (2017).

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