(Taiwan Roundtable) Cross-Strait Relations in Pandemic Times

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November 17, 2020
District Of Columbia, United States
Subject Fields: 
Asian History / Studies, Chinese History / Studies, East Asian History / Studies, Nationalism History / Studies, Political Science

Chinese pressure on Taiwan during these unprecedented pandemic times has been ratcheting up, not down. This is leading to more cross-Strait tension than ever, raising concerns about Taiwan’s ability to defend itself. Against the unsettled backdrop of COVID-19, panelists will discuss cross-Strait military balance, the impact of deteriorating US-China relations, the October 2020 arms sales to Taiwan, and the changing political attitudes and strategy in Taiwan toward China. And what are some preliminary speculations on the impact of US election results on these issues?

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies invites you to join this Taiwan Roundtable webinar with Elbridge Colby, co-founder of The Marathon Initiative and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, and Shelley Rigger, Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College.

Colby will comment on "The cross-Strait Military Situation: Challenges and Considerations for US Policy for the Next Four Years," while Rigger will speak on "How Taiwan's Changing Domestic Scene is Shaping cross-Strait Relations."

The discussion will be moderated by Deepa Ollapally, Associate Director of the Sigur Center, and the event will feature an extensive period for audience Q&A.


Registered guests will receive a confirmation email with details for joining the WebEx event 24 hours prior to the event. Guests will be able to join the event via a web browser, using the WebEx computer or mobile app, or by calling in. Please follow the instructions on the confirmation email for more details. Registration closes at 1pm EST on Monday, November 16.

This event is on the record, open to the public, and will be recorded. Questions can be sent in advance to gsigur@gwu.edu with subject "Taiwan Roundtable Q&A."

Media inquiries must be sent to gwmedia@gwu.edu. Accessibility requests must be sent to gsigur@gwu.edu at least 3 business days in advance.

Contact Info: 

Helen Jiang, Program Coordinator, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

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