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Analyzing 2020: What Might Come Next?


AmCham Special Event 

Halfway through a dynamic, difficult year — Analyzing 2020. What might come next?

We’re almost halfway through 2020, and it has been an extremely eventful year so far. Now is a great time to step back and analyze what has happened and how it will impact the rest of the year. Topics will include:

• Taiwan’s success with containing Covid-19. What does it mean for Taiwan’s global brand and how will the country emerge from the pandemic crisis?
• President Tsai Ing-wen’s dramatic political comeback and election victory. What should her second-term priorities be?
• The Phase One trade deal between the U.S. and China. Will tensions rise again and threaten future progress?
• Returning investment to Taiwan. Will the trend continue and possibly accelerate because of Covid-19?
• Protests in Hong Kong. How will they impact Taiwan?
• U.S.-Taiwan relations and the American presidential election. How important will Taiwan be in the campaign?

These topics and other timely issues will be part of a lively panel discussion with some of the leading American scholars who have spent the past academic year in Taiwan as Fulbright Scholar grantees. As they prepare to return to the U.S., they will share their observations, analysis and insights about this eventful time.


About the speakers

Shelley Rigger

Shelley Rigger is Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College and author of Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, one of the defining books on modern Taiwan. Shelley will discuss how drastically the political situation in Taiwan changed in the year preceding the January 2020 national elections. She will also look at the overwhelming resistance of Hong Kong people to the now-shelved extradition law, and what it could mean for Taiwan were the PRC to follow through on its threats to invade.



Carl Minzner

Carl Minzner is a professor of law at Fordham University and author most recently of End of an Era: How China’s Authoritarian Revival is Undermining Its Rise. Carl will look at Taiwan’s approach to containing the novel coronavirus, and how it contrasted with those of the U.S. and China. He will make some additional observations on the recent presidential elections, and share findings from his research on Taiwan’s experience responding to the challenges posed by demographic change – an aging society and declining birth rate.



Lev Nachman

Lev Nachman is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. His research focuses on the relationship between social movements and political parties, with a special regional interest in Taiwan and Hong Kong. Lev will talk about his experience as a graduate student researcher of politics in Taiwan, and how the Hong Kong protests, the January elections, and the COVID-19 pandemic each posed an unexpected twist for his research topic.


Come join this exciting and timely conversation with three of the world’s foremost experts on Taiwan.

Contact Person: Mia Shih (02) 2718-8226 ext. 311 / [email protected]

**Reminder: Due to health concerns arising from the COVID-19 outbreak, AmCham staff will take temperature and provide hand sanitizer for attendees at all events. In addition, seats will be configured to comply with the 1.5 meter social distancing guidelines.**


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June 5, 2020 (Friday)
10:00 am - 11:30 am
 (Taiwan time, UTC+8)
NT$950 – NT$1200


The Sherwood Taipei, 3F Yuan & Ming Room 台北西華飯店 3樓 元&明廳
111 Min Sheng E. Rd., Sec. 3 Taiwan + Google Map