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Will Taiwan Contemplate A "Nuclear Option"? Security Imperatives And Normative Transformation, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Apr 2008

Will Taiwan Contemplate A "Nuclear Option"? Security Imperatives And Normative Transformation, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper examines the role of nuclear weapons, if any, in Taiwan s defense strategy. Facing acute existential threat and having no representation in global and regional security forums, Taiwan has nonetheless chosen nuclear restraint. This is due to instrumental considerations and normative change. While Taiwan is not completely certain about the commitment of its key backer- the United States - to its security (a policy known as "strategic ambiguity''), the main pillars to its security remain conventional deterrence and Americas tacit nuclear umbrella - in addition to its economic strengths and democratic appeal as soft power. The paper explores Taiwan's ...


Rethinking Us-Taiwan Relations After The Cold War: Creative Ambiguity Vs. Assertive Democratization, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Oct 1996

Rethinking Us-Taiwan Relations After The Cold War: Creative Ambiguity Vs. Assertive Democratization, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

This paper seeks to explore whether it is possible for the U.S. to pursue parallel relationships with Taiwan and China, that is, whether U.S.-Taiwan relations can be "decoupled" from the Washington-Taipei-Beijing triangle. It will first provide a brief overview on how the U.S.-Taiwan relations have evolved since 1949, when the reality of two Chinas set in with the founding of the People's Republic. Then it will discuss the framework of current U.S. policy toward Taiwan. In light of significant developments within each country involved in recent years, this paper will question the policy ...


All Dressed Up But Not Invited To The Party: Can Taiwan Join The United Nations Now The Cold War Is Over?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang Jan 1996

All Dressed Up But Not Invited To The Party: Can Taiwan Join The United Nations Now The Cold War Is Over?, Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang

Politics Faculty Publications and Presentations

History is full of ironies and surprises. The end of the Cold War has injected some new vitality to the once moribund United Nations. Originally formed to promote peace, security, and cooperation among the world's nations, the United Nations, however, until recently was made alternately ineffective and irrelevant by the East-West and the North-South conflicts. But thanks to an increasing need for global governance in the post-Cold War era, the United Nations seems suddenly thrust back into limelight. It is entrusted to play an even more forceful role on a wide array of important issues in the future, from ...