Towards a New Normal in Taiwan’s Democracy?

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When: Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:00pm – 7:00pm Recepetion and 7:00pm – 9:00pm Main Program

Where:Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility at Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place


  • Alexander Chieh-cheng Huang: Professor, Institute of Strategic Studies, Tamkang University; Founder, Council on Strategic and Warmaking Studies
  • Shelley Rigger: Brown Professor, East Asian Politics; Chair, Chinese Studies; Assistant Dean, Educational Policy, Davidson College
  • Joseph Wong: Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School of Global Affairs; Professor, Political Science, University of Toronto


Taiwan’s young democracy continues to be dynamic, energetic and indeed a model for other Asian democracies. The 2016 elections represent another watershed moment in Taiwan’s politics, as the contest will elect a new President and a re-configured Legislative Yuan. After a two-term Presidency under Ma Ying-Jeou, Taiwan continues to be a vibrant economy, with deepened linkages across the Strait and with other countries in the region. Taiwan has managed Cross-Strait relations well, though recent developments portend challenges on the horizon. The consolidation of the Xi administration in Beijing will have implications on China-Taiwan relations. The recent Sunflower movement highlights not only a resurgent Taiwanese identity politics, but also an emerging divide across Taiwan’s older and younger voters. The recent efforts by the Kuomintang to rejuvenate its electoral base by changing the party’s Presidential candidate suggests the ruling party is in the midst of transition itself. And yet amidst these challenges, Taiwan remains a beacon of democracy. This post-election panel, hosted by the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs, will feature leading scholars of Taiwan from Canada, the US and Taiwan. Panelists will offer their reflections and observations on the current state of Taiwan’s politics and the future of Taiwan’s political and economic development.