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Assessing the U.S.-Taiwan Security Partnership

October 18, 2011 • 4:00 – 6:00 pm EDT

The Washington Quarterly and the Freeman Chair in China Studies hosts a roundtable discussion on
Assessing the U.S.-Taiwan Security Partnership

Bonnie S. Glaser
Senior Fellow, CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies & Senior Associate, CSIS Pacific Forum

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker
Professor of History, Georgetown University & Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars

Charles L. Glaser
Professor of Political Science & Director of the Elliott School's Institute for Security and Conflict Studies

Michael D. Swaine
Senior Associate, Asia Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Alexander T.J. Lennon
Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Quarterly

Is it time for the United States to rethink its Taiwan policy and walk away from Taiwan? Prominent Americans in influential publications insist that it is. The argument is not unprecedented. In a long and often discordant history of dealings between Washington and Taipei, there have been repeated calls for severing this uncomfortable and dangerous relationship. Taiwan has been characterized as a strategic liability, an expensive diversion, and most often, an obstacle to more important U.S.–China relations. In the past, a prosperous, strong, and self-confident United States chose to ignore such calls. Today, however, China is rapidly becoming more powerful, and many fear the United States teeters on the brink of decline. Is U.S. support for Taiwan about to end? Would it be a good idea?

Bonnie Glaser and Nancy Bernkopf Tucker will present these key issues from their joint publication in The Washington Quarterly. Charles Glaser and Michael Swaine will provide their individual viewpoints and Alex Lennon will moderate the discussion.

Bonnie S. Glaser