Deter, Defend, Repel, and Partner: A Defense Strategy for Taiwan
A Report of the Taiwan Policy Working Group

The Taiwan Policy Working Group, under the leadership of AEI's Dan Blumenthal and the Project 2049 Institute's Randall Schriver and Mark Stokes, has just issued a new report: Deter, Defend, Repel, and Partner: A Defense Strategy for Taiwan. In this report, the authors demonstrate that, though cross-Strait tensions have been significantly reduced under the Ma Ying-jeou administration, Taiwan’s defense establishment continues to fulfill a vital role in allowing the people on Taiwan to make their own choices about the island's future.

Over the past thirty years, the People's Republic of China (PRC) has become a nation of increasing wealth, power, and international stature. The PRC's stated ambition to unify Taiwan with China has neither changed nor slackened, and the People's Liberation Army has pursued capabilities intended to coerce Taiwan into a settlement while preventing U.S. intervention. In short, Taiwan faces one of the world's most daunting security challenges.

What are Taiwan's strategic objectives? How can Taiwan's military best contribute to achieving those goals? What threats and contingencies should the military prepare for? Given the cross-Strait imbalance in military resources, how can Taiwan hope to deter and, if necessary, defeat mainland aggression? What role should the United States and other international partners play in Taiwan's defense strategy?

Earlier this year, the Taiwan Policy Working Group set out to answer these questions and to craft a new defense strategy for Taiwan. This study group, composed of both regional and defense experts, held a series of meetings to consider Taiwan's security challenges, its military objectives and missions, and its force requirements. At this event, Blumenthal, Schriver, and Stokes will present the group's findings and William Murray, of the Naval War College, will respond. AEI's Gary J. Schmitt will moderate.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Dan
Blumenthal
  • Dan Blumenthal is the director of Asian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on East Asian security issues and Sino-American relations.  Mr. Blumenthal has both served in and advised the U.S. government on China issues for over a decade.  From 2001 to 2004, he served as senior director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the Department of Defense.  Additionally, he served as a commissioner on the congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission since 2006-2012, and held the position of vice chairman in 2007.  He has also served on the Academic Advisory Board of the congressional U.S.-China Working Group. Mr. Blumenthal is the co-author of "An Awkward Embrace: The United States and China in the 21st Century" (AEI Press, November 2012).

  • Phone: 202.862.5861
    Email: dblumenthal@aei.org
  • Assistant Info

    Name: Shannon Mann
    Phone: 202-862-5911
    Email: Shannon.Mann@aei.org

 

Gary J.
Schmitt

What's new on AEI

image Dad and the diploma: The difference fathers make for college graduation
image A better way to finance that college degree
image Fracking for bigger budgets
image Earth Day: Hail fossil fuels, energy of the future
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 21
    MON
  • 22
    TUE
  • 23
    WED
  • 24
    THU
  • 25
    FRI
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Graduation day: How dads’ involvement impacts higher education success

Join a diverse group of panelists — including sociologists, education experts, and students — for a discussion of how public policy and culture can help families lay a firmer foundation for their children’s educational success, and of how the effects of paternal involvement vary by socioeconomic background.

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Getting it right: A better strategy to defeat al Qaeda

This event will coincide with the release of a new report by AEI’s Mary Habeck, which analyzes why current national security policy is failing to stop the advancement of al Qaeda and its affiliates and what the US can do to develop a successful strategy to defeat this enemy.

Friday, April 25, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Obamacare’s rocky start and uncertain future

During this event, experts with many different views on the ACA will offer their predictions for the future.   

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.