Talk: Critical Vote – A Taiwan Post-Election Roundtable, Jan 13

Talk: Critical Vote – A Taiwan Post-Election Roundtable, Jan 13

JANUARY 13, 2020
Kane Hall Walker Ames Room
5:30PM Reception with Refreshments
6:00PM to 8:00PM Roundtable Panel

On January 11, 2020, Taiwan holds its presidential and legislative election. Voters will have the opportunity to elect a new President and Vice President, or re-elect the incumbent administration led by President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). The 113-seat Legislative Yuan is also up for election. Against the backdrop of the Hong Kong protests and the significant electoral turnout in Hong Kong, the Taiwan election will have major ramifications, both domestically and internationally.

The Taiwan Studies Program at the University of Washington is excited to host a special public roundtable on the Taiwan election with guest scholars Dr. Kharis Templeman, Professor Margaret Lewis, and Professor Dennis Lu-Chung Weng. The panel will discuss the results and implications of the January election as well as Taiwan’s democratic politics and electoral system, polling and political parties, cross-strait relations and disinformation campaigns.


Margaret Lewis is a professor of law at Seton Hall University. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at National Taiwan University, a visiting professor at Academia Sinica, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Public Intellectuals Program Fellow with the National Committee on United States-China Relations. Before joining Seton Hall, Professor Lewis served as a Senior Research Fellow at NYU School of Law’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute.

Kharis Templeman is an advisor to the Hoover Program on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific at Stanford University, where he previously served as the program manager of the Taiwan Democracy Project at the Freeman Spogli Institute. His recent work has included research on Taiwan’s parties and elections, defense budgets and security strategy, indigenous minorities, and the strengths and weaknesses of Taiwan’s democratic institutions in the face of Chinese influence campaigns. He holds a B.A. from the University of Rochester and a PhD. in political science from the University of Michigan.

Lu-Chung (Dennis) Weng is an assistant professor of political science at Sam Houston State University, deputy coordinator of Conference Group of Taiwan Study (CGOTs), and the international research fellow of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Dr. Weng’s research and teaching interests are in the fields of comparative politics, East and Southeast Asia Politics, political behavior, and survey research. Dr. Weng has published more than 15 scholarly articles in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. His op-eds have appeared in many Asian news outlets.

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