Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement: A New Political Landscape

June 27, 2014 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Friday, June 27, 2014
10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
University of California Washington Center (next to CSIS)
1608 Rhode Island Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20036

From March 18th through April 10th 2014, several hundred students from universities around Taiwan entered the country’s Legislative Yuan, and occupied the main chamber in protest against passage of legislation on a Trade Service Agreement with China.

The protest gained broad support among the island’s population, and prompted a rally by some 500,000 in front of the Presidential Office on March 30th. The occupation ended after Legislative Speaker Wang Jin-pyng agreed to send the legislation back to the Legislative Yuan subcommittee for a clause-by-clause review.

What were the underlying reasons for the protest? What are the implications for Taiwan’s domestic politics, with local elections coming up end 2014 and presidential and legislative elections in early 2016? What are the implications for cross-Strait relations, foreign policy and regional security?


9:30 am
Registration, coffee and refreshments

10:00 am
Opening: Mark Kao
President Formosan Association for Public Affairs

10:05 am
Panel I: Motivating Factors and Domestic Political Implications

Chun-ta Lee
Sunflower movement student leader

Don Rodgers
Prof. of Political Science, Austin College Texas

Vincent Wang
Prof. of Political Science, University of Richmond, VA

Moderator: Gerrit van der Wees
Editor Taiwan Communiqué

11:15 am
Panel II: Implications for Cross-Strait Relations and Regional Security

Randy Schriver
Project 2049

Patrick Cronin
Center for a New American Security

Moderator: Joanna Yu Taylor
Center for the National Interest

12:15 pm
Concluding remarks


June 27, 2014
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Event Tags: