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Pepperdine Forum

March 4, 2016    
Pepperdine University, Elkins Lecture Hall  
Malibu, California  

2:00-2:15 Welcoming Remarks
  • Rick R. Marrs, Provost, Pepperdine University   
  • Bonnie Chin, President, Taiwan Benevolent Association of America  
2:15-3:00 Keynote Speech (Followed by Q&A)
  • Bruce Linghu  / Deputy Foreign Minister, Republic of China 
  • 「臺美關係之現況與展望」(Taiwan-U.S. Relations: Overview and Prospect) 
3:00-4:30 Panel Discussions
  • Moderator: Vincent Wei-cheng Wang /  Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean, University of Richmond  
  • Joel S. Fetzer / Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University  
  • J. Christopher Soper /  Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University  
  • Sam Hsiao-ming Wang /  Professor in Criminal Justice, University of Houston-Downtown  
  • Robert E. Williams Jr. /  Professor of Political Science, Pepperdine University
  • Charles Wolf, Jr.  / Distinguished Chair in International Economics, RAND; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate   School

In January, Taiwan successfully concluded presidential and parliamentary elections, resulting in the third peaceful transfer of power and the ascendance of the first female president in all the Chinese-speaking world.  In November, the United States will hold a general election.  These changes impact U.S.-Taiwan-China relations and America’s policies toward the region, as democracy, commerce, and geopolitics are on the line.  2016 also witnesses major events like Congress’ vote on the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), creation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), progress on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), debut of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), and tensions in the South China Sea. The potential positive roles that Taiwan can play on the South China Sea, regional economy, and the international community at large deserve more attention.  TBAA teams up with Pepperdine University in offering this symposium to increase public awareness of these important issues.