The papers in this compendium were written by the 10 members of the 2018 TUPP delegation. Each participant was asked to reflect on their in-country experience and produce a short article analyzing a policy issue related to Taiwan.
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Tania Garcia-Millan is an Economic Affairs Officer at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. She advises on international law, US foreign policy, trade and development, international dispute settlement, and regulatory convergence. She has worked closely with governments in Latin America during the negotiation and implementation phases of multilateral trade agreements. In recent years, Tania has focused on the Asia-Pacific region and how it is reshaping global regulatory and economic structures. She is a graduate of Boston University and Boston College Law School.

Jeffrey Gelman spent seven years working on foreign policy in the U.S. Government, as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of State working on arms control policy and communications, and from 2010-2014 at the White House National Security Council. After leaving government Jeff led outreach and communications for A.T. Kearney' s Global Business Policy Council. Prior to joining government, Jeff worked at the Brookings Institution and on arms control and nonproliferation issues for President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master’s degree in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University.

Tanvi Madan is a Fellow in Foreign Policy and Director of The India Project at the Brookings Institution. Her work explores Indian foreign policy, focusing in particular on India's relations with China and the United States. Previously she was a Harrington Doctoral Fellow and Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin, a Research Analyst at Brookings, and worked in the Indian information technology industry. In addition to a PhD from UT-Austin, Madan has a Master's from Yale University and a Bachelor's from Lady Shri Ram College, India. She is completing work on a book Fateful TriangleHow China Shaped US-India Relations during the Cold War.

Scott Moore is a China specialist whose work focuses on emerging environmental and technology issues, including automation, biotechnology, and water scarcity. In fall 2018 he became the inaugural Director of the Future of China Project and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. Scott previously served at the World Bank and on the China Desk at the U.S. Department of State, where he worked extensively on the Paris Agreement on climate change. Scott’s research and commentary has appeared in a variety of leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Nature, The China Quarterly, Foreign Affairs, and The New York Times. He is also the author of Subnational Hydropolitics: Conflict, Cooperation, and Institution-Building in Shared River Basins from Oxford University Press. Scott holds master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University and an undergraduate degree from Princeton. He is a Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes Scholar.

Crystal Pryor is program director and research fellow at Pacific Forum, where she focuses on nonproliferation in Asia and is developing a research agenda on cybersecurity policy. She has researched U.S.-Japan outer space security cooperation, strategic trade control implementation in advanced countries, and Japan’s defense industry and arms exports. Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Dr. Pryor held a postdoctoral fellowship in the U.S.-Japan relations program at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. 

Lisa Reijula is director of global programs at the Chicago Regional Growth Corporation, a new public-private partnership focused on increasing the region’s economic competitiveness through international engagement, particularly trade. She previously worked in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Lisa has been an Emerging Leader with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a consultant on the Police Accountability Task Force in Chicago, an Aspen Security Forum scholar, and a Fulbright scholar in Estonia.

Nicole Smolinske was the Bridge Award Fellow at the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) where she focused on political and security affairs in Southeast Asia and the South China Sea. Prior to NBR, she briefly worked with the Southeast Asia Program at CSIS. Ms. Smolinske was a 2015/16 Boren Fellow in Chiang Mai, Thailand. While in Thailand, she was a researcher with the Migrant Assistance Program (MAP) Foundation. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a MA in Southeast Asian Studies.

Brandon Tensley is the associate editor at New America, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C., as well as the co-host of Outward, Slate's LGBTQ podcast. Prior to moving to D.C., he was a 2015-16 Luce Scholar in Thailand, where he was an editor at The Irrawaddy, a once-exiled dissident media outlet focusing on Myanmar. Tensley was also a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholar in Germany. A graduate of Furman University and the University of Oxford, he has written widely on pop culture and foreign policy, and his work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Pacific Standard, Slate, Time, and The Washington Post, among others.

Courtney Weatherby is a Research Analyst with the Southeast Asia and the Energy, Water, & Sustainability programs at the Stimson Center. Her research centers on energy, sustainable development, and geopolitics in Southeast Asia, with particular focus on the food-water-energy nexus in the Mekong River basin and China’s investment in regional energy infrastructure. She holds a M.A. in Asian Studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Dickinson College. Before being promoted to Research Analyst, Courtney worked at Stimson as a research associate and interned at the Center for Strategic International Studies, the State Department, and Human Rights Watch.

Julie Yang joined the National Center for APEC as a Policy Director in January 2019. Julie also focused on trade policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as Senior Manager for Korea and Japan. She covered economic news at the Washington bureau of the Asahi Shimbun and the Seoul bureau of the Wall Street Journal and promoted female athletes as Manager for International Public Relations at the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Julie received her B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University while working as an editorial assistant for the alumni magazine. She also has an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University where she worked as a graduate research assistant on international cooperation in science and technology.


David An is currently a senior research fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, DC. He was previously a political-military affairs officer covering the East Asia region at the U.S. State Department from 2009 to 2014, and initiated the first Taiwan interagency political-military visit to the United States, which have continued to occur annually. His other responsibilities involved coordinating bilateral diplomatic dialogues, arms sales decision making, and reviewing military strategy with the Department of Defense.  Prior to joining the State Department, he was a Fulbright scholar researching democracy in Taiwan and village elections in China.  He received his M.A. from UCSD Graduate School of Global Policy and Strategy and his B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Matthew Funaiole is a fellow with the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he supports the data visualizations and written analysis featured on the ChinaPower website. His research interests include strategic relationships, power balancing, and alliance structures in the Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining CSIS, Dr. Funaiole taught international relations and foreign policy analysis at the University of Saint Andrews in Scotland, where he also completed his doctoral research. He was a member of the 2017 TUPP delegation.


Kelly Flaherty was a program manager and research associate with the China Power Project at CSIS, where she focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy, U.S.-China bilateral relations, and cross-strait relations. Prior to joining CSIS, she was a marketing and recruiting manager at the Ameson Foundation, a nonprofit educational and cultural exchange organization. Ms. Flaherty graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in East Asian studies, concentrating on China and government.