Is the Taiwan Strait still a flash point?

Taiwan recently elected a new president, Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who will take office in May of 2016. The last time the DPP held the presidency, from 2000-2008, relations with the PRC were at times very tense. Could cross-Taiwan Strait relations again become a flash point for conflict under a Tsai presidency? In this seminar, Kastner will discuss some of the conflict scenarios that have worried analysts of cross-Strait relations in the past, and will consider whether we should continue to worry about these scenarios in light of recent trends in cross-Strait relations and political changes in Taiwan.

About the Speaker

Scott L. Kastner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park. He graduated from Cornell University (1995), and received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego (2003). Kastner’s research and teaching interests include international relations, international political economy, the international politics of East Asia, and China’s foreign relations. Kastner is author of Political Conflict and Economic Interdependence across the Taiwan Strait and Beyond (Stanford University Press, 2009), and co-editor (with Ming-Chin Monique Chu) of Globalization and Security Relations across the Taiwan Strait: In the Shadow of China (Routledge, 2015). His work has also appeared in the following journals: International Security, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Political Studies, Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of Contemporary China, Journal of East Asian Studies, Issues & Studies and Current History.

After the Seminar

To allow for informal discussion, the seminar will be followed by a dinner with the guest speaker at 6:15pm. The location of the restaurant will be announced at the seminar. All are welcome, though those who attend will need to pay for their own food and drinks. As reservations must be made at the restaurant, please RSVP by noon of the day before the seminar to The ANU China Seminar Series is supported by the China Institute, the Research School of Asia and the Pacific, and the Australian Centre on China in the World at The Australian National University.