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On May 14, the Center for Northeast Asian Policy Studies (CNAPS) at Brookings and the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL) at Stanford University hosted a seminar analyzing progress and challenges in the consolidation of Taiwan’s democratization and reforms. While the presidential and legislative elections held on January 14 were interpreted by many as proof that Taiwan’s democratic system—including its government and society—has matured since the first transition of political power in 2000, both big-picture and day-to-day challenges to effective democratic governance remain.

The seminar featured leading practitioners and political scientists from Taiwan and the United States. Panelists examined reforms that have been enacted in Taiwan over the past decade, and analyzed their impact on the functions of government agencies, political parties, and other non-governmental organizations. They also discussed how reform and consolidation are affecting policy and public perception of the system.

After each panel, speakers took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • 9:00 AM -- Panel 1: Government

    • Moderator

      David Brown

      Adjunct Professor, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies

      Johns Hopkins University

    • Da-Chi Liao

      Professor of Political Science

      National Sun Yat-sen University

    • Jiunn-rong Yeh

      Professor, College of Law

      National Taiwan University

    • Nigel N.T. Li

      Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Law, Soochow University

      Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of Political Science, National Taiwan University

  • 11:00 AM -- Panel 2: Politics and Society

    • Moderator

      John Fuh-sheng Hsieh

      Professor of Political Science

      University of South Carolina

    • Shelley Rigger

      Brown Professor of East Asian Politics Chair, Department of Political Science

      Davidson College

    • Erich Che-wei Shih

      News Anchor and Show Host

      CTi Television

    • Eric Chen-hua Yu

      Assistant Professor of Political Science

      National Chengchi University

  • 1:45 PM -- Panel 3: Implications of Democratic Consolidation


May 14, 2012

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT

Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.


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