Multilaterals and Taiwan's Role: How is Cooperation on Security, Health, and Travel Evolving Amidst a Pandemic?

Taiwan Roundtable

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Taiwan's success story in the pandemic is bringing it unprecedented international attention. Against the backdrop of the upcoming UN General Assembly, the Sigur Center for Asian Studies' Taiwan Roundtable will consider how Taiwan's international role may be played out more broadly in critical areas of international policing, travel, and health — all of which demand multilateral cooperation to be effective, even as Taiwan is shut out of key organizations. 



Opening Remarks: Benjamin D. Hopkins, Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies

Expert Panel:

COVID-19 and Taiwan's International Prospects: Vincent Wang, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Adelphi University

International Security and Multilateral Participation: Jessica Graham, President, JG Global Advisory LLC

Discussant: Shannon Tiezzi, Editor-in-Chief, The Diplomat

Moderator: Deepa M. Ollapally, Associate Director, Sigur Center for Asian Studies



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JESSICA GRAHAM is President of JG Global Advisory, LLC, where she builds upon over a decade of experience in law enforcement, non-traditional security threats, and environmental security programs. Her public sector experience includes serving as Senior Advisor to the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and as a Strategic Policy Advisor to the Illicit Markets Sub-Directorate of the Environmental Security Programme at INTERPOL.

Graham received her M.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and her B.A. from the University of Florida. @JMGrahamenator

VINCENT WEI-CHENG WANG has been Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University since 2019. Wang is a prolific author, serves on the editorial boards of Asia Policy (The National Bureau of Asian Research) and Issues and Studies: An International Quarterly on China, Taiwan, and East Asian Affairs (Institute of International Relations), and is a Senior Fellow at the Asia Program of the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Previously, Wang was Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Richmond.

Wang received his Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, M.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and B.A. from the National Taiwan University.

SHANNON TIEZZI is the Editor-in-Chief of The Diplomat, where her writing focuses on China's foreign relations, domestic politics, and economy. Tiezzi previously worked at the U.S.-China Policy Foundation.

Tiezzi received her A.M. from Harvard University and B.A. from The College of William and Mary. @ShannonTiezzi

BENJAMIN D. HOPKINS has been the Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies since 2016. Hopkins is a historian of modern South Asia, specializing in the history of Afghanistan and British imperialism on the Indian subcontinent. Hopkins has received fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the National University of Singapore, the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. Writing for the public, he has been featured in The New York Times, The National Interest, and the BBC.

Hopkins holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. @GWUSigurCenter

DEEPA M. OLLAPALLY is the Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Director of the Rising Powers Initiative. Ollapally has received major grants from the Smith Richardson Foundation, U.S. Department of State, Carnegie Corporation, MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Asia Foundation for projects related to India and Asia. She is a frequent commentator in the media, including appearances on CNN, BBC, CBS, Reuters TV, and the Diane Rehm Show.

Ollapally holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. @DeepaOllapally