Leading Taiwan scholar Dr. Shelley Rigger discussed her new book, Why Taiwan Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), at a Jones Day program on January 18, 2012. In the book, Dr. Rigger addresses the critical question of why Taiwan is important to the United States, China, and the world. As the book chronicles Taiwan's complex history and evolution into a key global player, it highlights economic and political breakthroughs so impressive they have been called "miracles" and outlines the complexities surrounding Taiwan's domestic politics. Drawing from three decades of research and experience, Dr. Rigger examines in detail the history and development of cross-strait tensions, tracing the shift of the focus of Taiwan's domestic politics toward a Taiwan-centered strategy. At the Jones Day program, Dr. Rigger also offered a critical, up-to-the-minute analysis of Taiwan’s January 14 presidential and legislative elections.

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Why Taiwan Matters:  Dr. Shelley Rigger

Why Taiwan Matters: Dr. Shelley Rigger

Leading Taiwan scholar Dr. Shelley Rigger discussed her new book, Why Taiwan Matters (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011), at a Jones Day program on January 18, 2012.

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