GTI 2017 Annual Symposium: Upgrading US-Taiwan Relations for the 21st Century

GTI 2017 Annual Symposium: Upgrading US-Taiwan Relations for the 21st Century


Please join the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) at our inaugural annual symposium featuring leading expert panelists and prominent keynote speakers on US-Taiwan relations. This all-day event will feature keynote addresses by members of Congress and government officials. It 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 economics and trade, as well as security and defense.

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: Chairman Robert Lai (Global Taiwan Institute)

9:05am – 9:15 Opening Remarks: Ambassador Stanley Kao (Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office)

9:15am – 9:30am Opening Keynote: Representative Ron DeSantis (US House of Representatives)

9:30am –10:45am
Panel One: Grand Strategy and Taiwan’s Role in the Indo-Pacific
Moderator: Russell Hsiao (GTI)

Toshi Yoshihara (CSBA)
Mike Green (CSIS/Georgetown University)
Daniel Kliman (Center for New American Security)
Gordon Chang (Independent Analyst)

10:45am – 12:00pm
Panel Two: The TRA & Taiwan’s International Space
Moderator: John Tkacik (IASC)

Amb. Stephen Young (former AIT Director)
Walter Lohman (Heritage Foundation)
Richard Bush (Brookings)
Shelley Rigger (Davidson College)

12:00-1:30 Luncheon Keynote(s): John J. Norris Jr., Managing Director, American Institute in Taiwan – Washington Office

1:30pm – 2:45pm
Panel Three: Regional Security Trends and US-Taiwan Security Cooperation
Moderator: David An (GTI)

Abe Denmark (Woodrow Wilson Center)
Mark Stokes (Project 2049 Institute)
Lt. Gen. Wallace “Chip” Gregson (Center for National Interest)
Oriana Skylar Mastro (Georgetown University)

2:45pm – 3:00pm Coffee Break

3:00pm – 4:15pm
Panel Four: Taiwan’s Economic Strategy and Regional Economic Trends
Moderator: Rupert Hammond-Chambers (US-Taiwan Business Council)

Bob Wang (CSIS)
Derek Scissors (American Enterprise Institute)
Shihoko Goto (Woodrow Wilson Center)
Peter Chow (City University of New York/ GTI)

4:15pm – 4:45pm Closing Keynote: David Helvey, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Asian and Pacific Security Affairs