2012 Strait Talk Symposium Schedule

Cross-Strait Politics in the Contemporary Era

This panel aims to provide an overview of the current political relationship between mainland China, Taiwan and the United States. It seeks to explore how the relationship of China and Taiwan has progressed since 1949 and how Taiwan has responded to the increasing political power of China in the last ten years. We would also like to explore the effect of the United States’s foreign policies on the cross-Strait political relationship.

Our speakers include Dr. Rebecca Nedostup from the History Department at Brown; Dr. Albert Willner from the CNA; and Michael Mazza from the American Enterprise Institute.

Time: Saturday, October 27, 11am-12pm

Location: Kassar Fox Auditorium

Cybersecurity across the Strait

Given the publication in March of this year of the report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China’s cyber capabilities, cybersecurity has gained visibility as having political implications for US-China-Taiwan relations. Cybersecurity lies at the intersection of technology, policy, law and international politics, and it is important to understand the role of cyber-technology in the global arena. How do the cyber capabilities of mainland China, Taiwan and the United States compare and what are the implications for the differences in these capabilities? What is the future outlook for the development of cyberinfrastructure in these three regions? Are there avenues for collaboration and partnerships in cybersecurity?

Our speakers include Dr. John Savage from the Computer Science Department at Brown, Dr. Paul Bolt from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and Timothy Peacock from the Brookings Institute.

Time: Saturday, October 27, 7pm-8pm

Location: Kassar Fox Auditorium

Beyond the Country, Broaden Your Horizons

In the past decade, there has been an increase in educational exchange across the Taiwan Strait, with an increase in exchange programs between universities in mainland China and Taiwan and in scholarships offered for studies across the Strait. At the same time, there has also been an increase in the cross-Strait activity of NGOs. In this panel, we hope to explore the impact of cross-cultural educational exchanges, defined broadly as both academic and extracurricular learning, on cross-Strait relations. Have the increases in educational exchange between mainland China and Taiwan promoted understanding between the younger generation Chinese and Taiwanese? What is being taught about the cross-Strait conflict? How has the work of NGOs impacted relations on both sides? In this panel, we aim to discuss the impact of higher education, both in and out of the classroom, in China, Taiwan and the United States and how it shapes the thinking of the younger generation and the consequences for the future of cross-Strait relations.

Our speakers include Dr. Wei-chin Lee from Wake Forest University and Dr. Jennifer Adams from Stanford University.

Time: Sunday, October 28, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Location: Smith-Buonanno Hall, Rm 106

After the 2008 Financial Crisis, What’s Next?

In the aftermath of the collapse of the global financial system in 2008, China, often referred to as a “global powerhouse,” has become one of the strongest economies in the world. In this panel, we hope to explore how cross-Strait relations have changed after the financial crisis. To what extent has the growing power of China in recent years impacted Taiwan’s political stance and economy? Are there more opportunities for joint China-Taiwan businesses or business partnerships? As China opens more domestic markets for foreign investments, are there new hopes or new directions for the development of China-Taiwan-US relations? What is the United States’s role in the economic ties between China and Taiwan?

Our speakers include Dr. Quansheng Zhao from American University and Clayton Dube from the University of Southern California.

Time: Monday, October 29, 5pm-6pm

Location: List Art Building, Rm 110

Final Presentation of 2012 Symposium to the Brown Community

Strait Talk was founded on the principle that young people really do have the power and ability needed to create change on a global scale. After a week of intensive interactive conflict resolution workshops; panels on the politics of mainland China-Taiwan-US relations, the economic relations between the three sides, cybersecurity issues, and the impact of educational exchanges on cross-Strait relations; and significant interpersonal bonding and networking, all of our delegates will present the Consensus Document that they have created. The Consensus Document outlines actionable steps towards a tangible solution to the cross-Strait issue and is a document whose every single word is agreed upon by all 15 delegates from mainland China, Taiwan and the United States. Come join our delegates as they present their recommendations for the future of the Taiwan Strait to the Brown Community, the day before they present it in New York.

Time: Wednesday, October 31, 8pm-9pm

Location: MacMillan 115

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