U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Reflections on 40 Years of the TRA

Since President Jimmy Carter signed the Taiwan Relations Act into law in 1979, the United States and Taiwan have maintained unofficial relations, including trade, people-to-people exchanges, and cultural ties. In the forty years since the Act was signed, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship has been a long-standing friendship between two democracies, surviving periods of tension with China. Looking towards the future, the U.S.-Taiwan relationship will be increasingly important particularly as challenges intensify. Taiwan and the U.S.’s policies towards each other on economic and security issues as well as their shared values will be important factors in determining how these challenges are met.

Expected panel of prominent experts on Taiwan:

Bonnie Glaser, Senior Adviser for Asia and Director of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies

Bonnie Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, where she works on Asia-Pacific security issues with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. She has worked for more than three decades at the intersection of Asia-Pacific geopolitics and U.S. policy.

Shelley Rigger, Ph.D., Brown Professor in the Political Science Department of Davidson College

Shelley Rigger is the Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College, where she studies Taiwanese politics, cross-Strait relations, and related topics. She has authored two prominent books on Taiwan’s domestic politics: Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge, 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001).

Janice I. Chen, Deputy Director of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party Mission in the U.S.

Janice Chen is the deputy director of the Taiwan Democratic Progressive Party’s Mission in the U.S. Previously, she served as a policy research fellow at the Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Chen holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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