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Chinese Energy Security and the South China Sea

Written by Kaiwen Lin 林凱文 Thursday, 02 August 2018 16:21
       Oil has been a critical national resource since the early 20th century, when the British Empire began using oil to power its ships, and Parliament voted to acquire a majority stake in a Persian oil firm in order to ensure that it would be able to maintain access to oil for the Royal Navy.[1] With the development of the oil-powered airplane and tank, oil became even more important to strategic planning, and many nations created their own…

Inside Taiwan's Sunflower Movement

Written by Ian Rowen 伊恩 Thursday, 02 August 2018 15:15
       “Say goodbye to Taiwan,” wrote political scientist John Mearsheimer in a widely read article in the March-April 2014 issue of The National Interest.1 Threatened by China's rising economic might and abandoned by a weakening United States, one of Asia's most vibrant democracies was facing, in his “realist” analysis, an almost inevitable annexation via economic if not military force. “Time,” he wrote, “is running out for the little island coveted by its gigantic, growing neighbor.” But only days after publication,…

One Belt One Road and China’s Energy Security

Written by Kaiwen Lin 林凱文 Thursday, 02 August 2018 14:05
       The Belt and Road Initiative, initially known as One Belt One Road, is China’s latest national development strategy, which aims to:   Promote the connectivity of Asian, European and African continents and their adjacent seas, establish and strengthen partnerships among the countries along the Belt and Road, set up all-dimensional, multi-tiered and composite connectivity networks, and realize diversified, independent, balanced and sustainable development in these countries.[1]   The initiative is composed of six sections: the Eurasian Land…

From Raleigh to Taipei: Insights Gained Abroad

Written by Amanda Frederick Thursday, 02 August 2018 13:10
     Having been an international educator for more than ten years, my entire career has been focused on supporting and enhancing internationalization efforts at various institutions.  Several years ago, I attended a session on the Fulbright International Education Administrators (IEA) seminars at a NAFSA conference. In this session, attendees mentioned the invaluable opportunity they had to participate in the Germany seminar.  Little did I know that I, too, would be afforded such an opportunity of tremendous personal and professional…

Fulbright Mission: MA Student Living in Tainan

Written by Brittany Mayne 梅曼麗 Monday, 30 July 2018 15:47
     September 7, 2017, marked the day I first began my journey on my Fulbright grant in Taiwan. First and foremost, I wish to give thanks to all the Fulbright Taiwan staff and those who supported me throughout my first year here. The amount of effort and consideration you all put into the program created a safe and sound experience in my new host country. This unique opportunity granted me the opportunity to pursue my master’s degree and the…

Zhongshan Road

Written by John Gregory 葛約翰 Monday, 30 July 2018 15:28
     I arrived on the “beautiful island” with my wife, originally a native of Taiwan, and five children nearly ten months ago. That arrival was not unlike many of our arrivals over the last twenty years. But, although over the years we have also experienced many departures, this departure was unlike any in the past. Unlike other times, the children and I left this time less as foreigners. Rather than returning from a place we were merely visiting, we…
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