Kharis Templeman

Research Fellow

Kharis Templeman is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and part of the Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific. Templeman is a political scientist (Ph.D. 2012, Michigan) with research interests in Taiwan politics, democratization, elections and election management, party system development, dominant party systems, and politics and security issues in Pacific Asia, among other topics. 

From 2013-19, Templeman was a social science research scholar in the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, where he was the program manager of the Taiwan Democracy and Security Project (TDSP) in the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC). (Prior to fall 2017, the TDSP was known as the Taiwan Democracy Project and was part of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law).  Templeman is also a Lecturer in the Center for East Asian Studies, where he teaches a course on Taiwan security issues

Outside of Stanford, Templeman is a member of the U.S.-Taiwan Next Generation Working Group, and a 2019 National Asia Research Program (NARP) Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR). He has served since 2012 as a contributor to the Varieties of Democracy project, and from 2016-18, he was the coordinator of the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies (CGOTS), a Related Group of the American Political Science Association.

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In the News

US Congressional Commission Hears How To Deter China From Invading Taiwan

quoting Kharis Templemanvia Taiwan News
Friday, February 19, 2021

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC) on Thursday (Feb. 18) held an online hearing, with a number of scholars and former U.S. government officials discussing how to deter China from invading Taiwan.

China’s Military Incursions Around Taiwan Aren’t a Sign of Imminent Attack

by Kharis Templemanvia The Diplomat
Thursday, October 22, 2020

The drums of war are growing louder in the Taiwan Strait. In the last month, at least 50 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aircraft have entered Taiwan’s airspace. The volume of threatening language directed at Taiwan from sources in China, both official and unofficial, has reached a crescendo, and the headlines in the news grow more alarming each month.

Analysis and Commentary

China’s Military Incursions Around Taiwan Aren’t A Sign Of Imminent Attack

by Kharis Templemanvia The Diplomat
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Instead, China’s military bravado represents the end state of a failed strategy.

Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan: The Ma Ying-jeou Years

via Lynne Rienner Publishers
Monday, April 27, 2020

During the Ma Ying-jeou presidency in Taiwan (2008–2016), confrontations over relations with mainland China stressed the country’s institutions, leading to a political crisis. Nevertheless, its democracy proved to be resilient. The authors of Dynamics of Democracy in Taiwan explore key aspects of the complicated Ma era, including party politics and elections, the sources of Ma's governance challenges, changing public opinion, protest movements, and shifts in the regional balance of power.

Taiwan's Democracy Challenged: The Chen Shui-bian Years

via Lynne Rienner Publishers
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

When Chen Shui-bian, Taiwan's first non-Kuomintang president, left office in 2008, his tenure was widely considered a disappointment. More recent events, however, suggest the need for a reassessment of this crucial period in Taiwan's political development. Taiwan's Democracy Challenged provides that assessment, considering key facets of both the progress toward and the obstacles to democratic consolidation during the Chen Shui-bian era.