Event Introduction

In 2016, the new Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President Tsai Ing-wen introduced The New Southbound Policy (NSP) to strengthen ties with 18 countries to the south of Taiwan, envisioning the development of a regional community. Since the NSP’s introduction, China has also embarked on the Belt and Road Initiative including reaching out to the Southeast Asian countries and building new military base on South China Sea islands. The 2018 Taiwan Democracy Symposium convenes international scholars to address on these new developments including what Taiwan’s new role is in fostering peace in the region and how public opinion will guide the young democracy’s foreign policy. It will be held in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas on April 14th, 2018. It will provide a platform for researchers and public opinion leaders to have dialogues on current issues shaping the future of Taiwan.