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Before Zero Day: Taiwan’s Evolving Defense Strategy and the Struggle for Peace

Satellite view of the Taiwan Strait. (Source: Gallo Image/Orbital Horizon/Copernicus Sentinel Data 2019.)

By: Ian Easton, Eric Lee, Grace Price, Colby Ferland, Cathy Fang, Mark Stokes, and Alice Cho |

The invasion of Ukraine has upended long-held assumptions of the liberal international order, and as tensions rise in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese leaders are watching Ukraine with their futures in mind. The objective of this report is to provide insights into how Taiwanese policymakers, military officers, diplomats, strategists, and everyday citizens are responding to the evolving threat picture in the Taiwan Strait and offer ideas for the policy debate in Washington. This report examines leadership speeches, strategy reports, military writings, and media articles, as well as recounts findings from interviews with Taiwanese and U.S. government officials, military officers, and civil society.

Before Zero Day- Taiwan's Evolving Defense Strategy and the Struggle for Peace