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Recent Taiwan Politics, Cross-Strait Relations & Taiwan Relations Act

The University of California, Irvine presents discussions by Alan Romberg and Shelley Rigger on recent Cross-Strait Relations.

May 28, 2009 3:30pm to 5:00pm


Cross-Strait Relations under Ma Ying-jeou: The Past as Prologue
by Alan D. Romberg
Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center

The KMT Returns: Taiwan politics in Ma Ying-jeou’s inaugural year
by Shelley Rigger
Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, Davidson College

Keynote Speakers:

Alan D. Romberg
Romberg has enjoyed a distinguished career working on Asian issue in and out of government, including 20 years as a US Foreign Service Officer. As Principal Deputy Director of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff and Deputy Spokesman of the Department, he served in various capacities dealing with East Asia, including Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs, Member of the Policy Planning Staff for East Asia, and staff member at the National Security Council for China. He served overseas in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Additionally, Romberg spent almost 10 years as the C.V. Starr Senior Fellow for Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and was Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. Romberg holds an MA from Harvard University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton.

Shelley Rigger
Professor Rigger has a PhD in Government from Harvard University and a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She has been a visiting researcher at National Chengchi University in Taiwan (2005) and a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai (2006). Rigger is the author of two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics. Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2001). She has published articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics, the national identity issue in Taiwan-China relations and related topics. Her current research studies the effects of cross-strait economic interactions on Taiwan people’s perceptions of Mainland China.


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