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
Prof. of Political Science, Austin College, Texas
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
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.