Hosting the Fifth Global International Studies Conference

Hosting the Fifth Global International Studies Conference

The World International Studies Committee (WISC) currently has twenty-eight member organizations from more than twenty countries, covering Europe, the Americas, East Asia, and Southeast Asia. WISC brings together experts and scholars from different regions for discussion and research on international relations issues. In 2014, TAIR formally became a member of the WISC, giving us the opportunity to actively participate in international scholarly exchange.

WISC currently organizes a global international studies conference every three years. This event has been organized a total of four times starting in 2005, with Istanbul (Turkey), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Porto (Portugal), and Frankfurt (Germany) serving as host cities. Past WISC conferences have included between 250-300 panels with over 700 paper presenters.

Following the invitation of WISC Executive Secretary Prof. Gunther Hellmann and with the full support of Chair of the National Taiwan University Department of Political Science Professor Philip S. Hsu, TAIR applied to host the 2017 WISC Global International Studies Conference. This application was approved by an internal working meeting of WISC in February 2015. Subsequently Prof. Gunther Hellmann visited Taiwan to discuss detailed arrangements for hosting the 2014 Conference with TAIR and the Department of Political Science, and to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the three parties, confirming that TAIR had won the right to host this global academic conference.

The 2017 Global International Studies Conference is currently scheduled for April 2017, and will be the first time that WISC has held their conference outside Europe, as well as the first time that TAIR has hosted a global international studies conference. The hosting of the conference will allow international relations scholars to increase their understanding of Taiwan and the wider region, and help international relations researchers in Taiwan strengthen contacts with global international studies research groups.

The conference will be held in the new College of Social Sciences building at National Taiwan University. The College of Social Science building will provide use of classrooms and seminar rooms to host around 200 panels, while other university facilities will also be available for keynote lectures and roundtable discussions.

In recent years, Taiwan has faced the impact of the changing international situation and new regional realities. TAIR president Professor Philip Yang hopes to use the hosting of the 2017 WISC Global International Studies Conference in Taiwan can increase awareness of Taiwan’s position and strengthen exchanges between Taiwan and the international academic community.

Forums

Starting in 2014, TAIR has so far organized a total of eleven forums. On average, forums are held about once  month, with the discussion topics shown below. For each forum, between two and three experts with rofessional knowledge of the subject and the ability to provide incisive analysis are invited to explore topics from different perspectives and respond to audience questions, with the aim of increasing awareness of international affairs and expanding international outlook.

No. Date Theme
1 February 26 TPP and Taiwan-U.S. Relations
2 March 11 The Situation in Ukraine and Russia-U.S. Relations
3 April 24 Obama’s Asia Trip and Taiwan-U.S. Relations
4 May 23 China-Russia Cooperation and New Land and Sea Confrontation? Putin’s Visit to China and Chinese-Russian Military Exercises in the East China Sea
5 June 23 The Impact of U.S.-South Korea and U.S.-China FTA Agreements on Taiwan
6 July 5 End of the Ban on Japan’s Collective Self Defense and East Asia Security
7 August 25 The Situation in the South China Sea and Taiwan’s South China Sea Policy
8 September 20 Interpreting the Influence of the Independence Referendum in Scotland
9 December 15, Abe Economics after the Election in Japan and the Operation of Japan’s Cabinet System
10 (2015)March 13 Lianghui, East Asia, and Cross-Strait relations: Lianghui and China’s East Asia Strategy and Cross-Strait Relations
11 March 18 The One Belt Road Initiative, the Political and Economic Effects of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and Taiwan’s Response Strategy

Annual Conference of TAIR

Since its establishment in 2007, the Taiwan Association of International Relations (TAIR) has hosted an annual conference. To date, seven annual conferences have been held. Last year, the Seventh Annual Conference was held at National Sun Yat-sen University on November 15, 2014, with a conference theme of “Political Economy of the Asia Pacific: Transformation and Challenges.” The conference invited the Chairman of the Taipei Forum Su Chi to give a keynote address in “Taiwan under the New Cross-Strait and International Situation.”

The conference included 24 panels, on seven topics closely related to the conference theme “Taiwan under the New Cross-Strait and International Situation”: International Relations Theory, U.S.-China Relations, Northeast Asia and Japan, International Political Economy, Cross-Strait Relations and the Situation in East Asia, Traditional and Non-traditional Security, and the EU and Russia. In addition, there was a student panel for students studying international relations. It total, more than one hundred papers were presented. The TAIR Annual Conference showcases the achievements of scholars in the field of international relations, while also providing more discussion opportunities for scholars, students, and the general public.

The 2015 Annual Conference will be held on October 24 at the College of Social Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, with the theme “New Story or More of the Same? The International Order in the Face of Geopolitical and Geo-economic Restructuring.”

This year’s conference will cover eight major topics: U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations, Northeast Asia and Japan, International Relations Theory, Cross-Strait Relations and East Asia, International Political Economy, Traditional and Non-traditional Security, South and Southeast Asia, and History and International Relations. Each topic is centered on the international political economy and international situation, looking at how the geopolitical and economic changes in international relations across different regions and theoretical perspectives.

Taiwan Association of International Relations (TAIR)

TAIR was formally established in September 2007.

It has quickly developed into the leading organization for the study of international relations in Taiwan, with over 400 faculty and student members across more than 30 universities and more than 40 academic departments.

TAIR Leadership

TAIR’s leadership team includes many influential foreign policy figures in Taiwan.

Current president Philip Yang has served as minister of the Government Information Office and deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council, R.O.C.

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TAIR president Philip Yang

Board members including Chang King-yuh,  PaoTsung-ho, Lin Bih-Jaw, and Chen I-hsin have served in senior ministerial positions, senior academic positions, and as elected officials.

Purpose

The purpose of the Association is to promote research on international relations. The Association is a non-profit organization.

Tasks

  1. Promote international relations teaching, research, and exchange.
  2. Organize lectures, academic research, and other related academic activities.
  3. Collect and exchange both domestic and foreign research data.
  4. Accept research commissions from public and private bodies and provide consultation services.
  5. Publish the Association’s own journal and other relevant publications, books, and periodicals.
  6. Handle academic contacts and exchanges with domestic and foreign academic institutions and groups.
  7. Promote awareness and interest in international affairs and international security among citizens of Taiwan.