In a new era of U.S.-China strategic competition, Taiwan is again at the epicenter of U.S.-China relations. Americans see Taiwan as a vibrant democracy, seeking to be a trusted partner and responsible stakeholder on global challenges. At the same time, China’s pressure on Taiwan is reaching dangerous levels. U.S. policy faces both heightened risks and increased opportunities for the U.S., Taiwan, and the Indo-Pacific region. Why does Taiwan matter to the U.S.? What factors shape U.S. policy toward Taiwan? What should U.S. policy toward Taiwan be under the Biden administration and beyond? Join us for a discussion of these issues and a report from a Center for Strategic and International Studies Task Force on U.S. Policy Toward Taiwan with task force members Bonnie Glaser (CSIS), Rupert Hammond-Chambers (U.S.-Taiwan Business Council), and Jacques deLisle (FPRI).
Bonnie S. Glaser is a senior adviser for Asia and the director of the China Power Project at CSIS, where she works on issues related to Asia-Pacific security with a focus on Chinese foreign and security policy. She is concomitantly a non-resident fellow with the Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia and a senior associate with CSIS Pacific Forum. Ms. Glaser was a Senior Adviser with the Freeman Chair in China Studies, and from 2003 to 2008, she was a senior associate in the CSIS International Security Program. Prior to joining CSIS, she served as a consultant for various U.S. government offices, including the Departments of Defense and State. Ms. Glaser has published widely in academic and policy journals, including The Washington Quarterly, China Quarterly, International Security, New York Times, and International Herald Tribune, as well as numerous edited volumes on Asian security.
Rupert Hammond- Chambers is an expert on Taiwanese political and economic issues and additionally brings a special focus on defense and security within BGA. He concurrently leads the U.S.-Taiwan Business Council, where he was elected vice president in 1998 and president in 2000. Prior to 1994, he served as an associate for development at the Center for Security Policy, a defense and foreign policy think tank in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the board of The Project 2049 Institute. He is also a trustee of Fettes College and is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.
Jacques deLisle is Director of FPRI’s Asia Program, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, and Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in Chinese politics and legal reform, U.S-China relations, cross-strait relations, and China’s engagement with the international legal order.