Papers/ Congressional Testimonies


Peng Ming-min

Taiwan's Democracy at Risk - Does History Repeat Itself? (PDF)
Dr. Peng Ming-min
Originally published by Formosa Foundation 2009 Fall Newsletter

Dr. Peng Ming-Min was educated in Taiwan and Japan before earning his master’s degree from Canada’s McGill University, and Ph.D. in law from the University of Paris, France. In 1964 Peng was already a respected scholar and promising government appointee when he was imprisoned and subsequently placed under house arrest for secretly issuing a “Manifesto to Save Taiwan”. He dramatically escaped from the island in 1970. While teaching at American universities, Peng published a personal memoir, “A Taste of Freedom” shattering the KMT’s one-China myth and making a strong argument for Taiwan’s self-determination -- ideas which continue to inspire to this day.

Dr. Peng’s 22-year exile ended in 1992 after Taiwan’s President Lee Teng-hui issued a general amnesty to all political prisoners. In 1996 Peng was nominated by the opposition party (DPP) to run in country’s first direct presidential election. Peng continues to devote his energy to preserving Taiwan’s sovereignty and identity.

Dr. June Teufel Dreyer

Why Taiwan Matters (PDF)
Dr. June Teufel Dreyer, University of Miami
June 16 , 2011
Testimony for the hearing on "Why Taiwan Matters, Part I" at the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Fictional 'Status Quo' (PDF)
December 21, 2006
Originally published by Taipei Times

Dr. Dreyer gives an excellent analysis of the non-existent "status quo" in cross-strait relations. "To put the matter bluntly, there is no status quo on the issue of China and Taiwan, nor has one ever existed.Moreover, no status quo, even where one can be said to exist, is ever static, either in biological terms or in international relations..." (more)

Taiwan’s Evolving Identity (PDF)
July 2003
Washington, D.C.

This paper was prepared for presentation at the Woodrow Wilson International Institute for Scholars, Washington D.C., July 17, 2003. The essay first appeared as part of the Asia Program Special Report No. 114, published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in August 2003.

June Teufel Dreyer is professor and department head of Political Science at the University of Miami. Appointed by Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, she is currently a commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.  Dr. Dreyer is an advisor to the Formosa Foundation.

Bruce Jacobs

Taiwan's History-and Destiny-of Freedom from China (PDF)
Bruce Jacobs
December 13, 2006
Originally published by Christian Science Monitor

Bruce Jacobs is professor of Asian Languages and Studies and director of the Taiwan Research Unit at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. June Teufel Dreyer

Prospects for a U.S.-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement (PDF)
Merritt T. (‘Terry’) Cooke
July 2006
Originally published by Foreign Policy Research Institute

Terry Cooke is a Senior Fellow at FPRI and the Founder and CEO of GC3 Strategy, an international consultancy and investment firm focused on Greater China and India opportunities . Previously, Mr. Cooke served as a U.S. Senior Foreign Commercial Service Officer with postings in Taipei, Taiwan; Berlin, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; and Shanghai, China. The views in this article are of a private capacity and non-official.

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Our Stake in Taiwan (PDF)
Dr. Arthur Waldron, Vice President, International Assessment and Strategy Center

October 2004
Originally published in Commentary

Dr. Waldron trained as an Asian specialist at Harvard (A.B. 1971, Ph.D. 1981) is the Lauder Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania where he also heads the Indo-US Forum and is member of the Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response. Previously he served as Professor of Strategy and Policy at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and taught at Brown and Princeton Universities.  A former Director of Asian Studies for the American Enterprise Institute, Dr. Waldron is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the boards of Freedom House and the Jamestown Foundation, is a regular consultant to the Department of Defense and to intelligence agencies, and often testifies before Congress.  Dr. Waldron was a member of the commission led by General John Tilelli that reviewed the CIA’s China oper ations, and also served as a founding member of the Congressionally-mandated US-China Security Review Commission.

Dr. June Teufel Dreyer

America’s Problem with the One China Policy  (PDF)
Richard C. Kagan
October 2003

Professor Richard Kagan taught history at Hamline University until his retirement in 2004.  His main interests are in international human rights law, Taiwan history, modern cultural and intellectual history of East Asia and international relations.  He is writing a biography on Taiwan’s former President Lee Teng-hui.