Across the Taiwan Strait: From Cooperation to Confrontation?

The late Alan D. Romberg, Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Stimson Center’s East Asia Program, made significant contributions toward improving our understanding of the U.S.-Taiwan, U.S.-China, and cross-Strait relations in the United States and beyond. Throughout his career spanning several decades, he tirelessly worked to raise awareness on the importance of these relationships for U.S. policy toward East Asia. Please join us to celebrate the publication of a 3-volume compilation of his analyses – contributed to the China Leadership Monitor – in a conversation with Steve Goldstein (Professor, Harvard University) and Thomas Christensen (Professor, Princeton University; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs [2006-2008]) as we reflect on his essential contribution to U.S. Asia Policy and East Asian Studies. 

WHAT: The Stimson Center invites you to participate in a discussion on cross-Strait relations in the career of the late Alan D. Romberg. The event is on-the-record.
WHERE: The Stimson Center, 1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 8th Floor, Washington DC, 20036
WHEN: Monday, June 25, 2018, 12:00-1:30 PM
FOLLOW: @StimsonCenter on Twitter for event news and use #StimsonNow to join the conversation.



Thomas Christensen, Professor, Princeton University; former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs (2006-2008)

Thomas J. Christensen is William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University. He is also faculty director of the Masters of Public Policy Program and the Truman Scholars Program. From 2006-2008 he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan, and Mongolia. His research and teaching focus on China’s foreign relations, the international relations of East Asia, and international security. Previously, he taught at Cornell University and MIT. He received his B.A. with honors in History from Haverford College, M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. He is currently the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Nancy B. Tucker and Warren I. Cohen Book Series on the United States in Asia at Columbia University Press. Professor Christensen is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Non-Resident Senior Scholar at the Brookings Institution. In 2002 he was presented with a Distinguished Public Service Award by the United States Department of State.

Steve Goldstein, Associate, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and Director of the Taiwan Workshop, Harvard University

Steven M. Goldstein is an Associate of the Fairbank Center and the director of the Taiwan Studies Workshop at Harvard University. He has been a visiting faculty member at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Columbia University and United States Naval War College. Previously, he was the Sophia Smith Professor of Government at Smith College from 1968 to 2016. Goldstein’s research interest has been largely related to issues of Chinese domestic and foreign policy. He has published studies of Sino-American relations; Sino-Soviet relations; and the emergence of a Chinese Communist view of world affairs. His current research focus is on the relations between the mainland and Taiwan as well as the evolution of U.S.-Taiwan relations. He received his B.A. from Tufts College, his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. His most recent book is China and Taiwan (Polity Press, 2015).

Yuki Tatsumi, Co-Director, East Asia Program (moderator)

Yuki Tatsumi is Co-Director of Stimson’s East Asia Program. Previously, Tatsumi worked as a Research Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and as the Special Assistant for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Japan in Washington, D.C. In September 2006, Tatsumi testified before the House Committee on International Relations. She is a recipient of the 2009 Yasuhiro Nakasone Incentive Award and in 2012 earned the Letter of Appreciation from the Ministry of National Policy of Japan for her contributions to advancing mutual understanding between the United States and Japan. A native of Tokyo, Tatsumi holds a B.A. in liberal arts from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan and an M.A. in international economics and Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS.

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