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The United States, China, and Taiwan: A Strategy to Prevent War | Robert Blackwill, Philip Zelikow, Shelley Rigger

NCUSCR Events

On April 30, 2021, the National Committee held a virtual program with Robert Blackwill (Council on Foreign Relations) and Philip Zelikow (University of Virginia), moderated by leading Taiwan authority Shelley Rigger (Davidson College), to discuss U.S. policy options for a productive relationship with Taiwan.

1hr

7 May 2021

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American Officials Visit Taiwan | Margaret Lewis, Shelley Rigger

NCUSCR Events

In August 2020, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II visited Taiwan, the highest level American cabinet officer to do so since the establishment of diplomatic relations with the PRC. A month later Under Secretary of State Keith Krach followed, representing the U.S. government at former President Lee Teng-hui’s funeral. What do these high-level visits suggest about the Trump administration’s policies toward Taiwan and the PRC, and about cross-strait relations? The National Committee held a virtual program with Professors Margaret K. Lewis and Shelley Rigger on October 27.

1hr 18mins

8 Nov 2020

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Season 1, Ep. 7: A Conversation with Shelley Rigger on Taiwan's Domestic Political Trends

GTI Insights

We interviewed Taiwan scholar Dr. Shelley Rigger. Rigger, who serves as the Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College and is a member of GTI's Advisory Board, has long been recognized as a leading expert on Taiwan's domestic politics, demography, and identity. In an informative interview, Rigger sheds light on Taiwan's shifting electoral politics, youth issues, and relationship with China. Producer: Marshall Reid, Jack Liu Host: Marshall Reid, Joseph Ross Edit: Jack Liu Music: Joseph Ross

36mins

1 Oct 2020

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Taiwan and the Global Order – Shelley Rigger

UPenn Center for the Study of Contemporary China

What explains Taiwan’s outsized presence in our news headlines, especially over the first two years of the Trump administration?  What can be learned from its raucous process of democratization over the past thirty years?  How will it continue to forge its unexpected identity, against the backdrop of China’s ever-deepening shadow?  In this episode, Davidson College political scientist Shelley Rigger, one of the foremost authorities on Taiwan’s domestic politics and international standing, discusses these questions with Neysun Mahboubi, in relaying the dramatic modern story of Taiwan, and what it reflects about shifts in global ordering over time.  The episode was recorded on March 16, 2018. Shelley Rigger is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics, and Assistant Dean for Educational Policy, at Davidson College.  She is also a Senior Fellow with the Asia Program of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, in Philadelphia.  Prof. Rigger is the author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse (Rowman and Littlefield, 2011), as well as two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics, Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2001).  She has also published articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics, the national identity issue in Taiwan-China relations, and related topics.  Her current research studies the effects of cross-strait economic interactions on Taiwanese people's perceptions of mainland China. Music credit: "Salt" by Poppy Ackroyd, follow her at http://poppyackroyd.com Special thanks to Nick Marziani and Anthony Tao

1hr 53mins

13 Feb 2019

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Results and Ramifications of Taiwan’s Elections: A Conversation with Shelley Rigger

ChinaPower

This episode explores the major defeat of the ruling DPP in Taiwan’s recent nine-in-one local elections and what these results mean for the future of cross-Strait relations. Our guest, Dr. Shelley Rigger, explains the current economic and political climate in Taiwan and provides insights into the economic drivers that helped KMT candidates win 15 of Taiwan’s 22 mayoral and county magistrate seats. She also examines Beijing’s response to the election results and how it may use the DPP’s loss to its advantage. Dr. Shelley Rigger is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics in the Department of Political Science at Davidson College. She was previously a visiting associate professor at Fudan University in Shanghai as well as a visiting research scholar at National Chengchi University in Taipei. Dr. Rigger has written extensively on Taiwan and cross-Strait relations.

34mins

18 Jan 2019

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The 2016 Taiwan Elections with Dr. Shelley Rigger

China in the World

Paul Haenle talks to leading Taiwan expert Dr. Shelley Rigger about the upcoming elections in Taiwan and what the outcomes will mean for Taiwan, cross-strait relations, and US-China relations.

20mins

3 Jan 2016

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Shelley Rigger - Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse Video

USC U.S.-China Institute Speaker Series

Shelley Rigger will discuss her new book Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). Rigger explains how Taiwan exercises a role in the world far greater than its tiny size would indicate. The work highlights and political breakthroughs so impressive they have been called "miracles." Rigger links these accomplishments to Taiwan's determined society, vibrant culture, and unique history. Drawing on arts, economics, politics, and international relations, Rigger explores Taiwan's importance to China, the United States, and the world. Considering where Taiwan may be headed in its wary standoff with China, she traces how the focus of Taiwan's domestic politics has shifted to a Taiwan-centered strategy.Shelley Rigger is Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College in North Carolina. She's taught there since 1993. Rigger is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard and is one of the foremost experts on Taiwan. She's the author of Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (2001), as well as monographs such as Taiwan's Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics and 'Taiwanese Nationalism (2006) and many articles.

31mins

8 Oct 2011

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Shelley Rigger - Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse Video

USC U.S.-China Institute Speaker Series (Audio Only)

Shelley Rigger will discuss her new book Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). Rigger explains how Taiwan exercises a role in the world far greater than its tiny size would indicate. The work highlights and political breakthroughs so impressive they have been called "miracles." Rigger links these accomplishments to Taiwan's determined society, vibrant culture, and unique history. Drawing on arts, economics, politics, and international relations, Rigger explores Taiwan's importance to China, the United States, and the world. Considering where Taiwan may be headed in its wary standoff with China, she traces how the focus of Taiwan's domestic politics has shifted to a Taiwan-centered strategy.Shelley Rigger is Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College in North Carolina. She's taught there since 1993. Rigger is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard and is one of the foremost experts on Taiwan. She's the author of Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party (2001), as well as monographs such as Taiwan's Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics and 'Taiwanese Nationalism (2006) and many articles.

31mins

8 Oct 2011