GTI 2019 Annual Symposium: US-Taiwan Relations: A Shared Vision for the Indo-Pacific

GTI 2019 Annual Symposium: US-Taiwan Relations: A Shared Vision for the Indo-Pacific

** Please note: this event will be held at the Rockefeller-Peterson Room located at 1777 F Street NW, Washington DC. 

*** This event will be live-streamed here:

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Event Description:

Please join the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) at our 2019 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, the symposium is an annual forum that convenes leading experts on US-Taiwan policy to assess current developments and future implications. At this year’s event, our panels will cover challenges and opportunities for a shared vision in the Indo-Pacific region, cross-Strait relations and Taiwan’s international space, economic and trade cooperation between the United States and Taiwan, as well as defense and security cooperation.

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


8:30am – 9:00am Registration

9:00am – 9:20am Welcome Remarks

  • Dr. Chen Wen-yen (Global Taiwan Institute)
  • Ambassador Stanley Kao (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.)

9:20am – 9:40am Opening Keynote

  • The Honorable Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu (Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan) (video)

9:45am – 11:00am Panel One: Moving Towards a Shared Vision in the Free & Open Indo-Pacific

  • Panelists:
    • Lt. Gen. Wallace Gregson, USMC ret. (Center for the National Interest/Global Taiwan Institute)
    • Michael J. Green (Center for Strategic and International Studies)
    • Brig. Gen. Robert S. Spalding III, USAF ret. (Hudson Institute)
    • Steve Yates (DC International Advisory, LLC)
  • Moderator:
    • Russell Hsiao (Global Taiwan Institute)

11:05am – 12:20pm Panel Two: Cross-Strait Relations & International Space 

  • Panelists:
    • Richard C. Bush III (Brookings Institution)
    • Amb. Stephen Young (former Director, American Institute in Taiwan/Global Taiwan Institute)
    • Michael Mazza (American Enterprise Institute/Global Taiwan Institute)
    • Vincent Chao (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.)
  • Moderator:
    • I-wei Jennifer Chang (Global Taiwan Institute)

12:45pm – 1:30pm Luncheon Keynote 

  • Walter Douglas (Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Regional and Security Policy, as well as Press and Public Diplomacy, in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs) (off-the-record)

1:35pm – 2:50pm Panel Three: Economic & Trade Cooperation

  • Panelists:
    • Anthony Kim (The Heritage Foundation)
    • Barbara Weisel (Rock Creek Global Advisors)
    • Peter Chow (The City University of New York/Global Taiwan Institute)
    • Mireya Solis (Brookings Institution)
  • Moderator:
    • Rupert Hammond-Chambers (US-Taiwan Business Council)

2:55pm – 3:15pm Coffee Break

3:15pm – 4:30pm Panel Four: Defense & Security Cooperation

  • Panelists:
    • Lt. Col. Mark Stokes, USAF ret. (The Project 2049 Institute/Global Taiwan Institute)
    • Shirley Kan (former Congressional Research Service/Global Taiwan Institute)
    • Elbridge Colby (Center for New American Security)
    • Russell Hsiao (Global Taiwan Institute)
  • Moderator:
    • Dan Blumenthal (American Enterprise Institute)

4:30pm – 5:00pm Closing Keynote 

  • David Helvey (Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs)

[*This list includes confirmed participants.]

Kindly RSVP by September 9. Please direct questions or concerns to Global Taiwan Institute Program Manager Marzia Borsoi-Kelly.

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

*** Panel times subject to change.