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Taiwan’s 2016 election and prospects for the Tsai administration

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Taiwan’s 2016 election and prospects for the Tsai administration

On May 20, 2016, Taiwan inaugurated its first female president, Tsai Ing-wen. Along with the executive office, the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) gained a majority in the Legislative Yuan for the first time. The challenges facing the new administration, which President Tsai laid out in her inauguration address, are vast and complex ranging from pension reforms, environmental protection and unemployment concerns to regional economic integration and cross-Strait stability.   

On June 8, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings and the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) co-hosted a conference on the future of Taiwan under the Tsai administration. Panelists presented papers on how the 2016 elections impact domestic politics, cross-Strait relations and Taiwan’s external strategy, and what the elections mean for Tsai’s social and economic policy reform agenda and Taiwan’s aspirations for a greater role in international space. Orbis, FPRI’s journal of world affairs, will publish a special Taiwan issue with the conference papers.

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Panel 1: Taiwan’s domestic prognosis

Shelley Rigger

Brown Professor and Assistant Dean for Educational Policy - Political Science Department, Davidson College

Panel 2: Taiwan’s external strategy


Alan D. Romberg

Distinguished Fellow and Director, East Asia Program, The Henry L. Stimson Center

Concluding remarks

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