Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Taiwan’s 2016 Election and Prospects for the Tsai Administration

Taiwan’s 2016 Election and Prospects for the Tsai Administration

Date : Wed., June 08, 2016 9:00 am to 12:10 pm Category : FPRI in D.C.

Taiwan Presidential 2016

On May 20, 2016, Taiwan inaugurated its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen. Along with the executive office, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gained a majority in the Legislative Yuan for the first time. The challenges facing the new administration, which President Tsai laid out in her inauguration address, are vast and complex ranging from pension reforms, environmental protection and unemployment concerns to regional economic integration and cross-Strait stability. 

On June 8, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) will co-host a conference on the future of Taiwan under the Tsai administration. Panelists will present papers on how the 2016 elections impact domestic politics, cross-Strait relations and Taiwan’s external strategy, and what the elections mean for Tsai’s social and economic policy reform agenda and Taiwan’s aspirations for a greater role in international space. Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs, will publish a special Taiwan issue with the conference papers. Following each discussion, panelists will take audience questions.

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Topics and Speakers


06/08/2016 - 9:00 AM

Panel 1: Taiwan’s domestic prognosis

06/08/2016 - 9:05

Panel 2: Taiwan’s external strategy

06/08/2016 - 10:45 AM

Closing remarks

06/08/2016 - 12:10 PM



Brookings Institution

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