The United States and Future Policy Options in the Taiwan Strait
Location: The Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 505 (1957 E St NW, Washington, DC 20052)
Time: Friday, February 17, 2017. 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Hearing a lot of news about Taiwan and the "one China" policy as of late? Interested in the future of U.S.-Taiwan relations under the "one China" policy framework?

OAS is hosting an event featuring members of the Project 2049 Institute. OAS and its collaborators at the Project 2049 Institute welcome all to join us in a panel discussion of US-Taiwan relations and foreign policy. Rachael Burton, research associate at Project 2049, will begin by discussing what she has outlined as the "Four Schools of Thought" on US-Taiwan policy ( and identifying potential areas in which US-Taiwan relations could be strengthened. Following Rachael, the Executive Director of the Project 2049 Institute, Mark Stokes will outline the current US policy framing US-Taiwan relations and discuss the coercive tactics employed by the Chinese Communist Party aimed at undermining Taiwan and its relations with other states. There will also be time for open discussion and questions from the audience.

Come join us for this special opportunity to learn about Taiwan and its evolving status within US Foreign Policy.

Join us before the event to enjoy a complimentary light lunch, and feel free to stay following the panel to introduce yourself to the speakers and to learn more about the Project 2049 Institute!


Mark Stokes is the Executive Director of the Project 2049 Institute. Previously, he was the founder and president of Quantum Pacific Enterprises, an international consulting firm, and vice president and Taiwan country manager for Raytheon International. He has served as executive vice president of Laifu Trading Company, a subsidiary of the Rehfeldt Group; a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies; and member of the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan. A 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran, Stokes also served as team chief and senior country director for the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan and Mongolia in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. He holds a B.A. from Texas A&M University, and graduate degrees in International Relations and Asian Studies from Boston University and the Naval Postgraduate School. He has working proficiency in Chinese.

Rachael Burton is a Research Associate at the Project 2049 Institute. She received her BA in International Affairs with a minor in Chinese at the George Washington University, where she studied nontraditional security in East and Southeast Asia. Prior to joining the Institute, Rachael spent two years as a Teach for China fellow, where she taught secondary school English at a remote rural village in China's Yunnan Province. Previously, she interned at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy and the National Bureau of Asian Research, where she supported events, social media and communications, as well as provided research on energy security and U.S. engagement with ASEAN. She currently conducts research and analysis on the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign policy and the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). Rachael is a U.S. citizen born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. She reads and speaks Chinese.

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