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Feb
19
11:00AM

American Forum - Why Remember the Civil War/150th Anniversary Series

Gary W. Gallagher

February 19, 2014, 11:00AM

Gary W. Gallagher

One of the leading historians of the Civil War, GARY W. GALLAGHER, discusses why the Civil War still holds such a grip on the American imagination 150 years later and what we most need to remember from that conflict. Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He also supervises the Miller Center's Historical Presidency lecture series, a new initiative that offers perspective on how presidential leadership has evolved over time. He has written or edited more than 30 books on the Civil War. Gallagher's most recent book is Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty.Other books include The Union War, The Confederate War, Lee and His Generals in War and Memory, and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War.

Feb
17
12:30PM

50 Years of the Great Society: Legacies of Lyndon Johnson’s Ann Arbor Address

Sidney M. Milkis, Harry Harding, Guian McKee

February 17, 2014, 12:30PM

Sidney M. Milkis Harry Harding Guian McKee

Fifty years ago this spring, Lyndon Johnson launched his Great Society initiative with a commencement address at the University of Michigan, where he offered a vision of U.S. government action across issues ranging from poverty to racial injustice to the environment. This special Presidents' Day panel organized by the Miller Center's GUIAN McKEE and SIDNEY M. MILKIS will also feature Dean HARRY HARDING of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and will offer perspective on the consequences, legacy, and relevance today of LBJ's landmark legislation.

Lunch will be served. RSVP required by noon on Wednesday, February 12 to mc-reservations@eservices.virginia.edu.

Feb
12
11:00AM

American Forum - An Empire of Influence not Arms

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

February 12, 2014, 11:00AM

Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman

Award-winning historian and novelist ELIZABETH COBBS HOFFMAN teaches history at San Diego State University. Her books have won four literary prizes, two for American history and two for fiction. In her latest book, American Umpire, Hoffman explores key turning points in history from George Washington to Barack Obama. She challenges the notion that the United States is an empire and asserts instead that America has performed the role of umpire since 1776, compelling adherence to rules that gradually earned broad approval, even though it also violated these rules on occasion.

Feb
10
11:00AM
Ambassador Ryan Crocker

AMBASSADOR RYAN CROCKER,the preeminent American diplomat to the Middle East, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq and Afghanistan, and the 2013 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center, discusses the interim nuclear deal with Iran, and what it means for the prospects of peace with the US and greater stability in the region. Crocker is the holder of the U.S. Foreign Service's highest rank, served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012, ambassador to Iraq from 2007 to 2009, and previously ambassador to Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait, and Lebanon.

Feb
5
11:00AM
Haley Barbour Evan Bayh

The Miller Center’s American Forum launches a new special series to discuss practical, non-partisan ideas for bringing life back to the beleaguered American middle class. Each episode will feature the co-chairs of a special commission organized as part of the Milstein Symposium, sharing the results of their efforts to find new, actionable solutions for supporting a strong middle class and a "New American Century." Former Mississippi GOVERNOR HALEY BARBOUR and former Indiana Governor and U.S. SENATOR EVAN BAYH discuss the findings of the first commission.

Jan
29
11:00AM

American Forum - When the Greatest Generation Wasn’t so Certain

Lynne Olson, Richard Moe

January 29, 2014, 11:00AM

Lynne Olson Richard Moe

LYNNE OLSON and RICHARD MOE discuss their books, Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 and Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War. Spanning the years 1939 to 1941, Those Angry Days by Lynne Olson vividly re-creates the rancorous internal squabbles that gripped the United States in the period leading up to Pearl Harbor. Before Olson began writing books full time, she worked more than ten years as a journalist, including stints as Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White House correspondent for The Baltimore Sun. In Roosevelt's Second Act, Moe focuses on a turning point in American political history: FDR's decision to seek a third term. Moe served as president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, chief of staff to Vice President Walter Mondale, and on President Jimmy Carter's senior staff. A Photo Credit for Lynn Olson: Stanley Cloud

Jan
23
3:00PM
Eric Holder

Previously aired on Public Television: April 20, 2014

Attorney General Eric H. Holder disclosed a dramatic new effort shorten the prison sentences of thousands of federal prisoners who received draconian sentences at the height of the drug war, regulatory changes to accommodate the new legalization of marijuana sales in Colorado and Washington state, the TSA controversy and Edward Snowden, partisan politics, civil rights, and race in America.

Eric H. Holder was sworn in as the 82nd attorney general of the United States on February 3, 2009 by Vice President Joe Biden. In 1997, Holder was named by President Clinton to be the deputy attorney general, the first African-American named to that post. Prior to that, he served as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1988, Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. the Legal Defense Fund, and the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state, and federal levels. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington.

Jan
8
11:00AM

American Forum - Double Down: Game Change 2012

John Heilemann, Mark Halperin

January 8, 2014, 11:00AM

John Heilemann Mark Halperin

MARK HALPERIN and JOHN HEILEMANN, authors of Game Change -- the bestselling chronicle of the historic 2008 presidential election discuss their inside account of the 2012 campaign--Double Down, the battle ahead in 2014 and the future of American politics.  In Game Change, they captured the full drama of Barack Obama’s victory over the Clintons, John McCain, and Sarah Palin. The new book, Double Down, picks up the story in the Oval Office, where President Obama is beset by crises inherited, unforeseen and of his own creation. Halperin, who has covered seven presidential elections, is an editor at large and a senior political analyst for Time magazine, and a senior political analyst for MSNBC. An award-winning journalist and author of Pride Before the Fall, Heilemann is the national affairs editor for New York magazine and a political analyst for MSNBC.

Dec
6
12:30PM

Colloquium - The Future of U.S. Health Care

Rick Mayes, Raymond C Scheppach

December 6, 2013, 12:30PM

Rick Mayes Raymond C Scheppach

‘Obamacare,’ Medicare Payment Policy, and the Elusive Quest for Better Incentive Alignment

RICK MAYES is associate professor in the department of political science, and co-director of the "Healthcare & Society" major, at the University of Richmond.  Mayes received his Ph.D. from UVa in 2000 and was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral trainee at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health from 2000 to 2002.  From 1992-1993, he worked on Medicaid policy in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for George H.W. Bush and thereafter on health insurance and Medicare policy at the AARP during the health care reform effort of 1993-94.  Mayes is author of Universal Coverage: The Elusive Quest for National Health Insurance, and co-author of Medicare Prospective Payment and the Shaping of U.S. Health Care and Medicating Children: ADHD and Pediatric Mental Health.

Mayes’ presentation will focus on disconcerting long-term health care cost trends and related major developments facing health care providers, payers and patients. Particular attention will be devoted to how and why Medicare payment policy has played such an influential political and financial role in the structure of modern medicine. The talk will conclude with an analysis of how both the ACA and Medicare's governance are accelerating the reshaping of health care organization, finance and delivery for all Americans (not just senior citizens).

RAY SCHEPPACHSenior Fellow for Economic Policy at the Miller Center, will offer comments.

This colloquium is part of the Fall 2013 Miller Center Colloquium series, Historical Perspectives on the Health Care Crisis, organized by GUIAN MCKEE, Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Miller Center.   Support for the series comes from the Claude Moore Foundation.

 
Dec
4
11:00AM

American Forum - Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time

Professor Ira Katznelson

December 4, 2013, 11:00AM

Professor Ira Katznelson

Political scientist and historian IRA KATZNELSON is noted for his research on the liberal state, inequality, social knowledge, and institutions, primarily focused on the United States. In his most recent book, Fear Itself: The New Deal and the Origins of Our Time, he asserts that during the 1930s and 1940s, American democracy was rescued yet distorted by a unified band of Southern lawmakers who safeguarded racial segregation as they built a new national state to manage capitalism and assert global power. Katznelson has taught at Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the New School for Social Research. He is currently Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History at Columbia. A book signing will follow his Forum.

Dec
2
6:00PM

Moderator

John Harwood, Chief Washington Correspondent, CNBC

Panelists

Clayton Yeutter, former United States Trade Representative, 1985-1989

Mickey Kantor, former United States Trade Representative, 1993-1996

Susan Schwab, former United States Trade Representative, 2006-2009

Ron Kirk, former United States Trade Representative, 2009-2013

Dec
2
4:00PM

The creation of a US-EU trade bloc has been touted as the means to re-establish US economic leadership and dominance in the world. While session 2 explores whether this is likely, this session explores the possible implications of the creation of this set of bilateral relationships. Panelists will reflect on a set of questions related to the potential consequences of a successful implementation of the TTIP including:

  • Will increased trade and investment between the United States and the EU lead to the creation of competitive trade blocs in other parts of the world?
  • Will the creation of the TTIP mean that the WTO become irrelevant?
  • What about China? How does TTIP—and potentially the creation of the Trans-Pacific Treaty—isolate China and, if so, what are the consequences?
Dec
2
2:30PM

The economic malaise that began with the 2007 global recession has slowed yet the economic growth that is occurring within the United States is both lower than hoped and the recovery is essentially jobless. Advocates of the TTIP propose that expanding the trade and investment relationship with the EU has the potential to dramatically increase productivity, manufacturing, and, ultimately employment. Yet these expectations may be based on some very optimistic assumptions. Panelists on this session will evaluate these assumptions and will address the following questions:

  • To what extent would an expansion of trade and investment with the European Union lead to job-creating economic expansion in both the United States and the European Union?
  • Which economic sectors in the US are best positioned to gain from TTIP? Which sectors are likely to lose?
Dec
2
12:30PM

The United States has historically been involved in a large number of military, political and economic relationships that span the globe. Yet while the United States and Europe have yet to realize a fully open market for trade and investment. This session will explore the causes and consequences of economic agreements both historically and across different partners. Panelists will address a number of questions including:

  • What are the political and economic pre-requisites to a fully functioning trade and investment treaty?
  • Are there similarities/differences between the proposed TTIP and other trade agreements (e.g., the Trans-Pacific Partnership)?
  • How have domestic content restrictions and intellectual property concerns been dealt with in other agreements?
Dec
2
8:00AM

This is a two part conference. Part 1 was held on December 2, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The second part takes place May 2, 2014 at the Europa Institute in Edinburgh.

Nov
20
11:00AM
Peter Baker

In Days of Fire, Peter Baker, senior White House correspondent for The New York Times, takes us on a journey through the eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration in a narrative of a dramatic and controversial presidency. Theirs was the most captivating American political partnership since Nixon and Kissinger, a bold and untested president and his seasoned, relentless vice president. Confronted by one crisis after another, they struggled to protect the country, remake the world, and define their own relationship along the way. In Days of Fire, Baker chronicles the history of the most consequential presidency in modern times through the prism of its two most compelling characters. He brings to life with in-the-room immediacy all the drama of an era marked by devastating terror attacks, the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina and financial collapse. A book signing will follow his Forum.

Nov
16
3:45PM

Conference - Concluding Roundtable: Inclusiveness as Reality and Strategy

Chas W Freeman, Da Wei, Dr Harry Harding, Wang Jenn-Hwan

November 16, 2013, 3:45PM

Chas W Freeman Da Wei Dr Harry Harding Wang Jenn-Hwan

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Click here during the event to watch live. 

Nov
16
2:45PM

Conference - Panel Six: Other Triangles

Leonard J Schoppa, Robert Stolz, Ren Xiao

November 16, 2013, 2:45PM

Ren Xiao

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
16
1:00PM

Conference - Panel Five: Security Beyond the Security Triangle: Can Security be Inclusive?

Da Wei, Allen C. Lynch, Robert Sutter, Yuan-Kang Wang

November 16, 2013, 1:00PM

Da Wei Allen C. Lynch Robert Sutter Yuan-Kang Wang

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
16
10:00AM

Conference - Panel Four: Using the Triangle

Chuang Yi-Chyi, Dennis Yang, Shirley Lin, Shu-Heng Chen

November 16, 2013, 10:00AM

Chuang Yi-Chyi Dennis Yang Shirley Lin Shu-Heng Chen

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
16
9:30AM

Conference - Inclusive Triangularity

Chas W Freeman

November 16, 2013, 9:30AM

Chas W Freeman

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
15
4:15PM

Conference - Concluding Observations

Dr Harry Harding

November 15, 2013, 4:15PM

Dr Harry Harding

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
15
2:45PM

Conference - Panel Three: The Shared Future of East Asia

John Echeverri-Gent, Lyle Goldstein, Tang Ching-Ping, Yong Cai

November 15, 2013, 2:45PM

John Echeverri-Gent Lyle Goldstein Tang Ching-Ping Yong Cai

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
15
1:00PM

Conference - Panel Two: Challenges of Inclusive Integration

Ekaterina Makarova, Hao Yufan, Leng Tse-Kang, Wang Jenn-Hwan

November 15, 2013, 1:00PM

Ekaterina Makarova Hao Yufan Leng Tse-Kang Wang Jenn-Hwan

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

Nov
15
10:15AM

Conference - Panel One: Taiwan, China, and Asia: Inclusive Identities?

Fred Damon, John Fuh-Sheng Hsieh, John Shepherd

November 15, 2013, 10:15AM

Fred Damon John Fuh-Sheng Hsieh John Shepherd

Since the beginning of the Cold War, Taiwan has been considered a flashpoint of American security concerns in the Asia-Pacific.  This posture was re-confirmed in the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act, and it remains a premise of any overview of U.S. commitments and risks in the region.  At the same time, Taiwan sees the leverage of American security support as vital balance against China, and China’s complaints about continued arms sales to Taiwan are a major irritant in U.S.-China relations.  Over sixty years of history, habit, and inertia have given rise to the idea of the relationship as an exclusive security triangle, in which improvement in relations between any two are a concern to the third.

However, Taiwan’s reality is much more complex than simply posing a security problem for China and the U.S. From earliest times Taiwan has been a locus of interaction among cultures, and globalization enhances the opportunities for Taiwan’s inclusiveness.  The theme of this international conference, organized by the Miller Center's C.K. Yen Chair BRANTLY WOMACK, is Taiwan’s inclusive identity in Asia and the world.  

Featuring scholars of international relations from across the U.S. and Asia, this conference is the first in a series of four international conferences to explore the replacement of the Cold War paradigm of the Washington-Beijing-Taipei triangle by one based on inclusive, opportunity-driven relationships.  Follow-up conferences will be held in Taiwan (2014), Shanghai (2015) and Macau (2016).

If you'd like to attend lunch on either day of the conference, an RSVP is required by November 13 to gage@virginia.edu.

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