International Relations


OPINION: Taiwan–US Relations Reach a Turning Point

Taiwan Insight

Gerrit van der Wees argues that a confluence of trends means that 2018 will be a defining year for the United States and Taiwan.


Taiwan Travel Act awaits Trump Verdict

David Green

The bill passed the U.S. House and Senate with veto-proof majorities.


CARTOON: Who Are Taiwan's Remaining Diplomatic Allies?

Stellina Chen

Panama severed ties with Taipei earlier this month. Who are Taiwan's remaining 20 diplomatic allies?


Time to End Checkbook Diplomacy, Taiwan

Taiwan’s checkbook diplomacy is at best a short-term response limited to a handful of poor countries and discourages deeper substantive relations, argue international relations experts Timothy S. Rich and Vasabjit Banerjee.


Book Review: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project by Kristen Hopewell

Yao Han

In 'Breaking the WTO: How Emerging Powers Disrupted the Neoliberal Project,' Kristen Hopewell argues that the active pursuit of their own interests by emerging powers leads neo-liberalism into stalemate. Using the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as an example, the book not only illustrates a power shift, but also that the demands of emerging powers embracing the existing rules make consensus harder to reach. Yao Han appreciates the bold and innovative interpretations of the power interactions behind the WTO offered by this work.


No Taiwan Mention After Trump-Xi Summit as Focus Turns to Syria

TNL Staff

Ahead of the talks, while most Taiwan experts anticipated a benign outcome for Taiwan from the summit, few, given the Trump administration’s unpredictability, were willing to fully rule out the possibility of an unexpected statement or announcement.


CARTOON: Trump — Paper Tiger or Not?

Stellina Chen

A paper tiger is a person who appears threatening, but is ineffectual. Does Trump fit the bill?

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Taiwan-Japan Ties Deepen amid Chinese Assertiveness

Lauren Dickey

Closer albeit 'unofficial' ties between Tokyo and Taipei will have an impact on decisions in Beijing and Washington.


New Think Tank to Raise Taiwan’s Profile in the U.S.

Don Shapiro

Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui has been named honorary adviser to a new U.S.-based think tank.


OPINION: Behind the Rising Tide of North Korean Defections

The Japan Times

A recent spate of defections suggests that some North Korean elites are losing faith in the country's future under Kim Jong Un.

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