U.S.-Taiwan Relations as the Taiwan Relations Act Turns 40
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Signed into law by President Jimmy Carter on April 10, 1979, and reaffirmed several times since, the Taiwan Relations Act is the primary guiding document for bilateral relations between the United States and Taiwan. 40 years later to the day, in light of continuing developments on Taiwan, it is worth examining the state of relations with the United States' 11th largest trading partner (3rd largest import partner for Kansas, 6th largest for Missouri).

 Export to Your Calendar 4/10/2019
When: Wednesday, April 10
5:45-8 p.m.
Where: Helzberg Auditorium, 5th Floor, Kansas City Central Library
14 W. 10th Street
Kansas City, Missouri  64105
United States
Contact: April Diaz
(816) 423-2632

Online registration is available until: 4/5/2019
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Please join Director General Jerry S. Chang from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver; Dr. Virginia Harper Ho, Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law at KU's Law School; and K-State's Dr. Jeffery Pickering, head of the Political Science Department, for an update on U.S.-Taiwan Relations as the Taiwan Relations Act turns 40.

About the Speakers
Dr. Jeffrey Pickering is professor and Department Head of political science at Kansas State University. He has published articles in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political ScienceInternational Studies QuarterlyPolitical Research Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions. He has also published a book entitled Britain’s Withdrawal from East of Suez: The Politics of Retrenchment with Macmillan press in Britain and St. Martin’s press in the US. 

He currently serves on the editorial boards of two International Studies Association journals, Foreign Policy Analysis and International Studies Perspectives.  He is associate editor of the International Journal of Peace Studies and served a term as a co-editor of Foreign Policy Analysis.  His PhD dissertation won the Samuel H. Beer Award.

Dr. Pickering’s current research focuses on global patterns of foreign military intervention. In particular, he is examining whether national decision-makers use military intervention as a form of diversionary force and the impact that western military intervention has on economic growth, the quality of life, and the process of democratization in developing states.

He teaches undergraduate courses on world politics and international conflict as well graduate seminars on international relations, international security, and research methods.

Virginia Harper Ho is the Associate Dean for International & Comparative Law, Professor of Law, a past Docking Faculty Scholar, and the Co-Director of the Polsinelli Transactional Law Center. Her research focuses on the intersections of corporate governance, sustainability and finance from a comparative perspective. She has written recently on financial disclosure, shareholder activism, comparative corporate governance and China's green finance reforms. Her work has been published by leading law journals and by the University of California-Berkeley's Institute for East Asian Studies.

Harper Ho is a former Chair of the Younger Comparativists’ Committee of the American Society of Comparative Law and is a Fellow of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations’ Public Intellectuals Program. She is also a Research Fellow of the International Institute of Green Finance (IIGF) at the Central University of Finance and Economics (CUFE) in Beijing, China.

Harper Ho previously taught as a visiting assistant professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Prior to entering academia, she practiced corporate and securities law and advised U.S. and foreign multinationals on cross-border transactions. She also served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Robert Pratt of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa and as a research fellow at the University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies. She received her J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School.

Opening Remarks
Director General Jerry S. Chang of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver will provide opening remarks. Prior to his current position, Director General Chang has served as the Executive Secretary with the Office of the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Deputy Director General with Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs, the Director (Political Division) of the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore, and the Director of Secretariat with the Taipei Representative Office in Hungary.



Event Schedule
5:45   Registration and networking reception
6:30   Opening remarks by Director General Jerry S. Chang, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Denver
6:40   Presentations by Dr. Jeffrey Pickering and Professor Virginia Harper Ho, followed by audience Q&A
8:00   Program closes

Parking and Registration
The Central Library parking garage is located directly west of the Central Library building on the northwest corner of 10th & Baltimore. Parking validation will be available at registration. 

This event is free with RSVP.

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