Professor Robert Wang's most recent report on Taiwan, "Taiwan’s Vibrant Democracy and Beleaguered Economy," was published online by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Read below for a brief summary, and follow the link for the full report.
"Taiwan’s 2016 election, with its robust and youthful civil society and grassroots participation, underscored the remarkable 20-year transition from an authoritarian regime to a liberal democracy. President Tsai Ing-wen and her new administration immediately face daunting challenges, however, as they struggle with critical economic and cross-strait issues that may eventually pose threats to Taiwan’s security and political future.
"In this report, the author highlights the strategic interests of the United States in supporting Taiwan’s democracy and discusses policies needed to accelerate and expand U.S. engagement with Taiwan, especially in response to Beijing’s efforts to further isolate and marginalize Taiwan in the region."
Robert S. Wang is a senior associate at CSIS. He was a career Foreign Service officer in the U.S. Department of State from 1984 to 2016. He was detailed from the U.S. Department of State to CSIS and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service from 2015-2016. He previously served as the U.S. senior official for the Asia-Pacfic Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum from 2013-2015. He served as the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassay in Beijing from 2011 to 2013. he was also previously a visiting fellow with the Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS from September 2009 to December 2010 and was deputy director of the American Institute in Taiwan from August 2006 to September 2009.
Dr. Wang joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1984 and served abroad in Tokyo (1985-1987), Hong Kong (1987-1990), Shanghai (1994-1997), Singapore (1997-2000), and Beijing (2001-2005). he also served as Cambodia desk officer at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. (1991-1993). He attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University (2000-2001) and was the State Department's diplomat in residence at the University of California, Los Angeles (2005-2006).
Dr. Wang earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Iowa in 1976. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he taught international relations at Whittier College in California (1977-1984).