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J. Michael Cole: When Politics Go Viral Taiwan & The PRC In The Age Of COVID-19

via Hoover Videos
Thursday, April 9, 2020

Since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen in 2016, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ramped up efforts to divide Taiwanese society, erode its democratic institutions and create conditions favorable to “peaceful unification.” Following Tsai's landslide re-election this past January, observers were expecting that CCP General Secretary Xi Jinping would continue such efforts against Taiwan. When the COVID-19 outbreak hit the PRC in late December 2019, it seemed that contentious cross-Strait politics would be temporarily set aside. But were they? 

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Lost In Beijing: The Story Of The WHO

by Lanhee J. Chenvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

China broke the World Health Organization. The U.S. has to fix it or leave and start its own group.

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Michael Auslin And Lanhee Chen: COVID-19, China And The Political Fallout

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Hoover Institution Fellows Michael Auslin and Lanhee Chen provide a briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, China, and the Political Fallout.

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Hoover Hosts Roundtable Discussion On US-Taiwan-China Relations

featuring Hoover Institution, Elizabeth Economyvia Stanford Daily
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

On Tuesday, Hoover Institution scholars addressed China’s recent tightening of policy surrounding Taiwan and considered what the United States’ role should be in maintaining the three-way political balance.

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Taiwan Should ‘Play For Time,’ Larry Diamond Says

interview with Larry Diamondvia Taipei Times
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses the Democratic Progressive Party government’s pursuit of transitional justice and its approach to cross-strait ties arguing for a more arbitrational approach to party assets, while warning against action that might provoke China.

Prospects for Democracy and Democratization in Chinese Societies

by Larry Diamondvia Diamond Democracy
Saturday, October 21, 2017

I want to thank the Association, and our hosts, the University of South Carolina, and in particular my longtime friend, Professor John Hsieh, for the invitation to give this keynote address. I will confess that I am a little bit embarrassed by it. Although I have been studying democracy in Taiwan for two decades, and have been trying to pay attention to political processes and political change in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China as well, everyone knows—most of all me—that I am not a China specialist. 

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.

Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan

via Lynne Rienner Publishers
Sunday, June 1, 2008

How might China become a democracy? And what lessons, if any, might Taiwan's experience of democratization hold for China's future? The authors of this volume consider these questions, both through comparisons of Taiwan's historical experience with the current period of economic and social change in the PRC, and through more focused analysis of China's current, and possible future, politics.

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How People View Democracy: Halting Progress in Korea and Taiwan

by Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamond, Doh Chull Shinvia Johns Hopkins University Press
Monday, January 1, 2001

In East Asia, the two genuine success stories of the "third wave" of democratization are the Republic of Korea (South Korea) and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Each country has maintained a vigorous constitutional democracy since its transition (in 1987-88 in Korea and more gradually, from 1988 to the first direct presidential election in 1996, in Taiwan). Each has an increasingly vibrant and competitive party system. Indeed, each country witnessed in its most recent presidential election an historic rotation of power to the longtime political opposition. 

Taiwan's 1998 Elections: Implications for Democratic Consolidation

by Yun-han Chu, Larry Diamondvia University of California Press Journals
Wednesday, September 1, 1999

Since the mid-1980s, four democracies have emerged (or been restored) in East Asia-those in the Philippines, Korea, Thailand, and Taiwan. Of these four, Taiwan's democratic development has been in many respects the most distinctive.

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Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies
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The Hoover Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific Region supports research and public dialogue about Taiwan’s democracy and society and the pivotal position Taiwan occupies in a vast, strategic, and increasingly integrated swath of the world. The project is chaired by Senior Fellow Larry Diamond and managed by Visiting Fellow Glenn Tiffert.

Nestled strategically among the democracies to the east of China, Taiwan’s vitality is crucial to the stability and collective security of the entire Indo-Pacific region. One of the most stable and successful liberal democracies outside the West, Taiwan’s effective management of the COVID-19 pandemic has also recently drawn attention to its effective governance. Taiwan’s economic development, robust multiparty politics, vibrant civil society, strong rule of law, and extensive protections for civil liberties hold important lessons for the Chinese-speaking world, and for other states striving to institutionalize key pillars of liberal democracy, such as an independent judiciary, a professional civil service, a politically neutral military, and strong agencies to control corruption. So, too, do Taiwan’s challenges—for example, in addressing political polarization, rising inequality, an aging society, and external efforts at disinformation—bear important wider lessons for scholars and policymakers.

The project’s activities include a regular speaker series with appearances by leading scholars and policymakers from around the world, an annual conference, publications in traditional and social media, and teaching on the Stanford campus.