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Workshop on Civility and Peace Dialogue

5-7 November 2010, LSE

Workshop attendance by invitation only

Since the second regime change in Taiwan in early 2008, two developing trends across the Taiwan Strait have received global attention. The first is the rapidly and significantly improved economic, social and political exchanges between Taiwan and mainland China, which seems to be consolidating the peaceful relation across the Strait, and therefore, is welcomed by the international community. The second trend, which is worrisome to many, especially to the opposition party DPP in Taiwan, is the continuous rise of China as a world power amid the present spate of global economic crisis and China’s persistent resistance against so-called universal values advocated by major western powers. Because of the authoritarian nature of the Chinese regime, many people, not only in Taiwan, but also around the world, are not sure about how China’s rise would influence the world in general and cross-strait relations in particular.

In a sense, Taiwan and mainland China share a similar sense of insecurity, although the sources of threat are different to them: as Taiwan feels insecure in its enhanced relations with a huge authoritarian power determined to pursue the final unification between the two sides of the Strait, the mainland Chinese government also feels threatened by western style universal values such as liberal democracy, universal human rights, and so on. Both sides want peace and security, not only between Taiwan and mainland China, but also among Taiwan, mainland China, and other world powers. The workshop organizers believe that civility is closely connected to peace among countries of different regime type. Therefore, a group of scholars from both sides of the Strait and the western world gather in this two-day workshop to discuss a variety of issues related to the cross-strait relations under the general theme “Civility and Peace Dialogue.” We sincerely hope that this workshop would contribute to building a new common ground, on which the long term peace and security among Taiwan, mainland China and the rest of the world will be based.


  • LSE Asia Research Centre
  • Taiwan Research Foundation
  • Sun Yat-sen Research Center for Social Sciences at National Sun Yat-sen University (Taiwan)
  • East Asian Institute at National University of Singapore


  • Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Proposed Papers

Anthony H. Yeh

The Weight of History on Cross-Taiwan Strait Relations

Suisheng Zhao

Relations across the Taiwan Strait and the Future of the Taiwan Relations Act

Szu-chien Hsu

Is the Cross-Strait Relation Moving Toward Stable Peace? A Civil Society Dialogue on Common Political Identity

Weixing Hu

Civility, Dialogue, and Socialization in Cross-Strait Relations

Roy Tseng

Civility as Righteousness: The Moral Dialogue between Taiwan and Mainland China in the Context of Modernity

Fang-Long Shih

From Nationalism to Environmentalism: The Prospects for Green Civility

Dongtao Qi

Divergent Popular Support for the DPP and the Taiwan Independence Movement in Taiwan, 2000-2008: A Movement Government Framework Analysis

Horng-Luen Wang

How to Understand Nationalism Empathetically? Exploring the Structures of Feeling in East Asia

Hong Zhao

Regional economic integration (ECFA) and Taiwan-ASEAN economic relations

Ming-tong Chen

Managing Political Security Dilemma and Creating Value Basis for Peaceful Co-existence across Taiwan Strait: An inter-state perspective

Rwei-Ren Wu

Pariah Manifesto, or The Moral Significance of the Taiwanese Tragedy

Yun Fan

Building the Consensus for Taiwan's Future: A Civil Society Perspective

Gerald Chan

Taiwan's quest for international space: constraints and possibilities

Jaeho Hwang

Korean Understanding of Taiwan Situation and the Future Prospects for Korean-Taiwan Cooperation

Athar Hussain



陳智宏 Gerald Chan, Professor and Head of the Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand

陳明通 Ming-tong Chen, Professor, the Graduate Institute of National Development, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

范雲 Yun Fan, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

徐斯儉 Szu-chien Hsu, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

胡偉星 Hu Weixing, Professor, Dept. of Politics and Public Administration, University of Hongkong

黃煌雄 Huang-hsiung Huang, Founder, Taiwan Research Foundation

Athar Hussain, Professor, Director, Asia Research Centre, LSE

황재호 Jaeho Hwang (黃載皓) Professor, Division of International Studies, Chair, Dept. for International Development GSIAS, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Seoul, South Korea

祁冬濤 Qi Dongtao, Visiting Research Fellow, EAI, National University of Singapore

施芳瓏 Fang-Long Shih, Co-Director, Taiwan Research Programme, Asia Research Centre, LSE,

曾國祥 Roy Tseng, Professor, Institute of Political Science, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

汪宏倫 Horng-Luen Wang, Associate Research Fellow, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

吳叡人 Rwei-Ren Wu, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

葉浩 Anthony Hao Yeh, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, National Chengechi University, Taiwan

趙洪 Zhao Hong, Visiting Senior Research Fellow, EAI, National University of Singapore

趙穂生 Zhao Suisheng, Professor and Executive Director, Center for China-US Cooperation, Josef Korbel School of International Studies University of Denver, US


LSE Asia Research Centre

Taiwan Research Foundation

National Sun Yat-sen University

NUS East Asia Institute

Taiwan Foundation for Democracy

Conference Attendees


黃煌雄 Huang-hsiung Huang, Founder, Taiwan Research Foundation