Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

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Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) is a contributing writer for The News Lens. He is a publisher of the Compass Magazine, current chairman of the Taichung American Chamber of Commerce, the Central Taiwan correspondent for ICRT Radio, the founder of the popular Taiwan News in English Facebook group and is an organizer of rock festivals including the Compass Food and Music Festival.

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2019/05/08 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

All Bets Are Off: An Overview of Taiwan’s 2020 Presidential Primaries

Besides the DPP and KMT primaries, there is still a lot left at play to determine who the candidates will be in Taiwan’s 2020 presidential election.

2018/12/13 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

ANALYSIS: Why the KMT’s Wang Jin-pyng Won Big at Local Polls

Who will the KMT run for president in 2020, Chairman Wu Den-yih, former Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng, or another challenger candidate?

2018/11/23 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

ANALYSIS: Mayoral Races to Watch as KMT Eyes National Return

Apart from Kaohsiung, Taipei, New Taipei and Taichung are the contests to watch for signs of KMT life.

2018/11/23 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

Out of the Blue: Who Is Han Kuo-yu and Can He Win Kaohsiung?

The 'Han wave' is a reality, but the result of the mayoral race in Kaohsiung may be of secondary importance to Han's emergence as a KMT contender for the presidency.

2018/04/27 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

ANALYSIS: Tsai Ing-wen’s DPP Should Fight Ko-P for Taipei Mayor

A poll finding suggests that to fend off the KMT in Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen's DPP would benefit from running its own candidate rather than backing the incumbent mayor.

2018/04/11 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

The KMT's Must-Win Contests in Taiwan’s Upcoming Local Elections

The KMT must hold New Taipei and retake Taichung to maintain a high profile, and the Taichung race is already becoming bloody.

2018/02/26 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

OPINION: Why Taiwan Should Be Terrified of 'Emperor' Xi

Xi Jinping's most recent moves to consolidate power should make China's neighbors —and the world — very nervous.

2017/12/18 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

Anti-Pollution Protesters Make Voices Heard in Taichung

Thousands took to the streets in front of a strong showing of Taiwanese politicians, but will it be enough to instigate meaningful policy change?

2017/12/16 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

The Politics of Pollution in Central Taiwan

As a rally looms, the Tsai administration is finally being forced to get serious about Taichung's pollution crisis.

2017/09/25 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

Peering into Taiwan's Post-Blue Political Future

Politics abhors a vacuum, and with the KMT struggling for support there is scope for a new opposition to mount a challenge to the DPP's grip of Taiwan's national politics. But who will lead it and where will they come from? Courtney Donovan Smith forecasts Taiwan's political future.

2017/01/16 | Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文)

Taiwan's Political Revolution and China's Challenge

Donald Trump and Taiwan’s president aren’t China’s biggest long-term ‘Taiwan issue’ challenge, argues Courtney Donovan Smith.