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  • FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC
  • FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC
  • FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC
  • FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC

FAPA 2013 Congressional Workshop in Washington DC

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You are cordially invited to the following seminar:  

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: A New Political Landscape

Friday, June 27, 2014 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

University of California Washington Center (next to CSIS)

1608 Rhode Island Ave. NWWashington, DC 20036

From March 18th through April 10th 2014, several hundred students from universities around Taiwan entered the country's Legislative Yuan, and occupied the main chamber in protest against passage of legislation on a Trade Service Agreement with China.

The protest gained broad support among the island's population, and prompted a rally by some 500,000 in front of the Presidential Office on March 30th.  The occupation ended after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng agreed to send the legislation back to the Legislative Yuan committee for a clause-by-clause review.

What were the underlying reasons for the protest? What are the implications for Taiwan's domestic politics, with local elections coming up in late 2014 and presidential and legislative elections in early 2016?  What are the implications for cross-Strait relations, foreign policy, and regional security? Join us for a discussion on these topics.

9:30 am Registration, coffee and refreshments

10:00 am Opening: Mark Kao, President Formosan  Association for Public Affairs

10:05 am      Panel I: Motivating Factors and Domestic Political Implications

Panelists:     Chun-ta Lee

Sunflower movement student leader

Don Rodgers

Prof. of Political Science, Austin College, Texas

Vincent Wang

Prof. of Political Science, University of Richmond, Virginia

Moderator:    Gerrit van der Wees

Editor, Taiwan Communiqué

11:15 am     Panel II: Implications for Cross-Strait  Relations and Regional Security

Panelists:     Randall Schriver

President and CEO, Project 2049 Institute

Patrick Cronin

Senior Director, Asia-Pacific Security Program, Center for a New American Security

Moderator:    Joanna Yu Taylor

Director, China and the Pacific Program, Center for the National Interest

12:15 pm Concluding remarks


This Seminar is jointly co-sponsored by the Project 2049 Institute and the Formosan Association for Public Affairs.