Past eventResearch Event

Taiwan's Democratic Transition: Past-Successes, Future Challenges

27 March 2009 - 9:30am to 12:30pm

Chatham House, London


Dr Chong Pin Lin, Tamkang University and former Deputy Minister of National Defense
Dr Steve Tsang, St Anthony's College, Oxford
Dr Dafydd Fell, School of Oriental and African Studies
Dr Christopher Hughes, London School of Economics
Lord Faulkner, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary British-Taiwanese Group
Dr Michael Reilly, Former Chief Representative, British Trade & Cultural Office, Taiwan
Maurice Storey, Honorary Chairman, Evergreen Marine Corporation



Since Taiwan's first direct elections for President in 1996, Taiwan has become one of the most stable and successful democracies in the Asian region. But a number of challenges lie in the years ahead including cross-straits relations, the economy, as well as developing Taiwan's legal and governance institutions even more extensively. This half-day conference will assemble some of the top experts in the UK and Taiwan from the fields of academia, politics and business, to discuss the development of democracy in Taiwan and what the likely scenarios might be for the coming years.