Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


Sizing Up Taiwan's 2012 Election


Yun-han Chu - Distinguished Research Fellow at Academia Sinica; Professor of Political Science at National Taiwan University

March 2012

One of Taiwan's leading political scientists and most widely quoted authorities on Taiwan politics and cross-Strait relations, Professor Chu will address five issues in his talk:

First, how should we interpret the outcome of the January election and the nature and extent of President Ma's renewed mandate?

Second, to what extent has the 2012 election enhanced the overall quality of Taiwan's democracy?

Third, what can we expect in terms of President Ma's domestic agenda for the next four years?

Fourth, how much further and faster can the warming of cross-Strait relations proceed during President Ma's second term?

Fifth, what are the challenges and opportunities for the US-Taiwan relationship in the coming year?