GTI 2018 Annual Symposium: Reassuring and Reinforcing US-Taiwan Relations

GTI 2018 Annual Symposium: Reassuring and Reinforcing US-Taiwan Relations

* Please note: this event will be held in the Root Room at 1779 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington DC. 

** If you are not in Washington, DC or cannot attend the event, you can live-stream it here.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 8:30AM – 5:00PM

Event Description:

Please join the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) at our annual symposium featuring leading expert panelists and prominent keynote speakers on US-Taiwan relations. This all-day event will be organized around four engaging panel discussions on a range of challenging and timely issues pertinent to the future of US-Taiwan relations.

As GTI’s flagship event, which we hope will provide an annual venue for convening experts on US-Taiwan policy, our approach is comprehensive and systematic. At this year’s event, our panels will cover Taiwan in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific, Taiwan’s international space, and cross-Strait relations, as well as security and economics.

Please refer to the agenda below for the confirmed list of speakers. We invite you to register now, and continue to check our website, social media, and this event page as we confirm and update speakers and guests.


8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 9:05am Welcome Remarks by Dr. Wen-Yen Chen (Chairman, Global Taiwan Institute)

9:05am – 9:10am Welcome Remarks by Deputy Representative Christine Hsueh (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States)

9:10am – 9:25am Special Remarks (video) by H.E. Dr. Joseph Wu (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan (Republic of China))

9:30am – 10:45am Panel One: Taiwan in the Free & Open Indo-Pacific

  • Panelists:
    • The Hon. Matt Salmon (former US Congressman)
    • I-Chung Lai (Prospect Foundation)
    • June Teufel Dreyer (University of Miami)
    • Eric Sayers (Center for New American Security)
  • Moderator: Russell Hsiao (Global Taiwan Institute)

10:50am – 12:05pm Panel Two: Taiwan’s International Space & cross-Strait Relations

  • Panelists:
    • J. Michael Cole (Taiwan Sentinel)
    • Shelley Rigger (Davidson College)
    • Richard Bush (Brookings Institution)
    • Amb. Stephen Young (former Director, American Institute in Taiwan)
  • Moderator: Scott Harold (RAND)

12:05pm – 1:30pm Luncheon Keynote by Amb. Jim Moriarty (Chairman, American Institute in Taiwan)

1:35pm – 2:50pm Panel Three: US-Taiwan Economic Cooperation

  • Panelists:
    • Bob Wang (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • Nien Su (House Committee on Foreign Affairs)
    • Shihoko Goto (Wilson Center)
    • Peter Chow (City University of New York)
  • Moderator: Rupert Hammond-Chambers (US-Taiwan Business Council)

2:50pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm Panel Four: US-Taiwan Security Cooperation

  • Panelists:
    • Elbridge Colby (Center for New American Security)
    • Ian Easton (Project 2049 Institute)
    • Shirley Kan (former Congressional Research Service)
    • Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson, USMC ret. (Center for the National Interest)
  • Moderator: David An (Global Taiwan Institute)

4:20pm – 4:45pm Closing Keynote (Off the Record) by Ivan Kanapathy (Director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia, National Security Council)

Kindly RSVP by September 10. Please direct questions or concerns to Global Taiwan Institute Program Associate Marzia Borsoi-Kelly.

** Media that would like to bring additional crew members or equipment, please contact Ms. Borsoi-Kelly directly.