Democratization in Taiwan during the Chen Shui-bian Presidency and Beyond

John F. Copper, Professor of International Studies,Rhodes College

RSVP Required by 5PM November 5  Lunch provided to those who RSVP.

In this special seminar, Professor Copper will introduce his new book on Taiwan during the Chen Shui-bian era. He will delineate and evaluate the factors that produced the Taiwan political miracle up to 2000, when Chen was elected president and Taiwan’s democratization was reportedly consolidated with a change in ruling political parties and a president that was said for the first time to represent Taiwan’s majority. Several key factors the local population in particular considered important to the democratization process, such as economic growth, political reform, ethnic relations, freedom of the press, and clean government, will be carefully assessed in this talk.

John F. Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of more than twenty books on Asia and international affairs. He has testified several times before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Sub-committee on Asia and Pacific Affairs. He was a member of the Board of Governors of the East West Center from 1983 to 1989, and was the recipient of the International Communications Award in 1997.


Monday, November 08, 2010 | 12:15 pm — 1:30 pm
Philippines Conference Room, Encina Hall, 3rd Floor

Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)