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Taiwan’s Global Gravity: The Push and Pull of Coercive and Annihilative Cross-Strait Scenarios

February 14, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Project 2049 Institute and the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) cordially invite you to the following virtual conference:

Monday, February 14, 2022
12:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Location: Virtual

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Registration is now open on ISOA’s website! Viewers will have the opportunity to join LIVE Q&A sessions by registering for the event and participating directly through the event’s Zoom Q&A feature, or—if you have a YouTube account—by entering questions directly into the YouTube chat box on the event’s YouTube page. Please provide your name and affiliation when submitting questions.


Both coercive and annihilative scenarios in Taiwan have global “gravity.” The seriousness and severity of potential crisis-scenarios, in terms of both life and global health and stability, merit one definition of the term. The fact that no member of the international community would go unaffected by an annihilative cross-Strait crisis — or even a coerced diminishment of Taiwan’s international space — as countries would be inevitably pushed or pulled by political, social, or economic forces, warrants the other. The years-long COVID-19 pandemic has proved beyond a doubt that Chinese Communist Party (CCP) coercive activities towards Taiwan have global gravity. As the Party works to minimize Taiwan’s global participation, so too has it limited the island’s ability to effectively share its medical best practices, personal protective equipment, and other life-saving goods and services.


That politically-motivated loss of life was a lesson hard learned by the world. The United States and its Allies now have the solemn responsibility to understand the true gravity of Taiwan’s national security. To this effect, the first panel of the event will feature policy experts examining the threat Taiwan faces, its defense strategy, as well as an industry representative discussing challenges and opportunities of operational readiness. The second panel will place that insight into a global context, launching into discussions about the United Nations, the perspective from Japan, and Taiwan’s views of its own struggle for international space. Bookending these panels, our conference will feature a keynote opening address from Ambassador Bi-khim Hsiao, Taiwan’s Representative to the United States, as well as a closing discussion with Project 2049 Chairman Randall Schriver and Congresswoman Elaine Luria [D-VA-2].



*We will be in touch again soon with further event updates and final schedule/speaker confirmations. We look forward to hosting you!*

12:00 pm – 12:10 pm
Conference Introduction

Howard (Howie) R. Lind
President and Executive Director, International Stability Operations Association

John Gastright Jr.
President, The Project 2049 Institute

12:10 pm – 12:15 pm
Opening Remarks

Ambassador Bi-khim Hsiao
Representative, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Panel 1:

Breaking It Down: A Close Look at the Threat to Taiwan, Its Defense Strategy, and Operational Readiness

Mark Stokes
Executive Director, The Project 2049 Institute

Ian Easton
Senior Director, The Project 2049 Institute

Eric Lee
Associate Director of Programs, The Project 2049 Institute

Steven A. Shapiro
Vice President & General Manager, Vectrus

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Panel 2:

Building It Up: The United Nations, Taiwan’s International Space, and the Role of the U.S. and Allies

Michael Mazza
Nonresident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Gary J. Schmitt
Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Shihoko Goto
Director of the Asia Program, Wilson Center

Leland Lazarus
Special Assistant-Speechwriter, U.S. Southern Command

Jeff Grieco
President, Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce & ISOA Board Member Emeritus

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Special Guest Discussion

The Honorable Randall G. Schriver
Chairman, The Project 2049 Institute

Congresswoman Elaine Luria [D-VA-2]
U.S. Representative of the 2nd District of Virginia

This event will stream live on ISOA’s website and Project 2049’s YouTube Channel.
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February 14, 2022
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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