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From left to right, the photo above features Ambassador Joseph Wu, Taiwan's Representative to the US, Governor Matt Blunt of Missouri and Dr. Dennis Hickey, Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs.  Ambassador Wu traveled to Missouri State University to deliver the keynote address at the international symposium, Taiwan, China and Democratization in East Asia, on September 29, 2007 and met briefly with the Governor.  The conference brought together leading scholars from the US, China and Taiwan.


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(Free Parking in lots 13 & 14
Located at National Ave. & Monroe)

SEPTEMBER 29, 2007, 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
SEPTEMBER 30, 2007, 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON



Saturday September 29

 9:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony. Brief welcoming remarks by  Dr. Frank Einhellig, Dean of the Graduate College, Missouri State University, Mr. Henry Fan. Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, Kansas City, Missouri.

Dean Einhellig Delivers the Opening Address

9:45 am break

 10:00 Panel One:  The Path to Democracy in China and Taiwan

 Chair:  Michael Sheng, Head, Department of History, Missouri State University

1. Emerson Niou, Professor, Duke University, "The Prospects for Local Self-Government in China"

2. John Hsieh, Professor, University of South Carolina, "Democratization in Confucian Societies

3. Fei-ling Wang, Professor, Georgia Tech University, "Taiwan's Role in the Chinese Political Transformation"

4.  Tim Rich, Ph. D Candidate, Indiana University, "Can Democratic Consolidation Make a Country Less Secure?  The Case of Taiwan."

Discussant:  Michael Sheng, Head, Department of History, Missouri State University

Dr. Niou delivers a paper on The Prospects for Local Self-Government in China

12:00 Lunch:  Plaster Student Union Room 400

1:00 Panel Two Elections in Taiwan and China

Chair: Peter J. Schifferle, Director & Associate Professor, School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College.

1. T.Y Wang, Professor, Illinois State University, "The China Factor, US Security Commitment and Voting Behavior in Taiwan."

2. Dachi Liao, Professor, National Sun Yat-sen University, "An Estimation of the Third Force in Taiwan's Legislative Election in 2008."

3. Yang Zhong, Professor, University of Tennessee, "Elections in China:  How Meaningful Are They?"

4. Shiping Hua, Professor, University of Louisville, "China's Legislative Reforms"

Discussant:  Dennis Hickey, Missouri State University

2:45:  break

The audience included faculty, students and members of the local community.

3:00  Panel Three: Democratization:  Implications for the External Relations of Taipei and Beijing

 Chair:  Weirong Yan, Coordinator of Asian Arts and Letters, Missouri State University

1. Al Willner, Professor, Georgia Gwinnett College, "Taiwan's Democratization:  Security Implications"

2. Steve Chan, Professor, University of Colorado, "Democratic Beliefs and Values among Taiwanese, Chinese and Americans.

3. Elizabeth Freund Laurus, Professor, Mary Washington University, "The Impact of Democratization on Taiwan’s Diplomatic Relations."

4. Huepin Chin, Professor, Drury University, "Rethinking Democracy:  A Reflection on the Democratic Movement in Taiwan."

Discussant:  Beat Kernen, Head, Department of Political Science, Missouri State University

Some students traveled more than 60 miles from Missouri Southern University in Joplin to Attend the Conference

6:30 Dinner (Invitation Only)

Brief welcome remarks by Dr. Lorene Stone, Dean, College of Humanities and Public Affairs and speech by Ambassador Joseph Wu, Taiwan's Ambassador to the United States.

Dean Einhellig Presents Ambassador Joseph Wu with a Plaque Expressing the University's
Thanks for his Participation at the Conference and Support for MSU during the
conference banquet on September 29.


Dean Lorene Stone of MSU (left), Professor John Hsieh of The University of South Carolina (Center) and Professor Al Willner of  Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College (right) enjoy the banquet.

Sunday September 30, 2007


9:00:  Panel FourTaiwan's Democratization:  Lessons Learned

Chair:  Dr. Ken Rutherford, Professor, Department of Political Science, Missouri State University

1. Hans Stockton, Professor, University of Saint Thomas, "Taiwan's Democratization Twenty Years On:  How Steep the Learning Curve?"

2.John Copper, Professor, Rhodes College, "The Devolution of Taiwan's Democracy."

3. Fiona Yap, Professor, University of Kansas, "Taiwan's Democratization as a Test of Development Theories."

4. Shelley Rigger, Professor, Davidson College, "Taiwan's Democratic Generations."

Discussant:  Dr. Ken Rutherford, Professor, Department of Political Science, Missouri State University

 10:45:  Break

 11:00:  Round Table: Democratization in East Asia--Challenges and Opportunities

1. I-Chung Lai, Director, Department of International Affairs, Democratic Progressive Party, Taiwan

2. Peter J. Schifferle, Director & Associate Professor, School of Advanced Military Studies, US Army Command and General Staff College.

3. Xuecheng Liu, Director of the Beijing Center for American Studies and Senior Fellow at the China Institute for International Studies

4. Steve Chan, Professor, University of Colorado

At the close of the conference, some participants posed in
Front of the famous "headless" Bear Statue in the beautiful campus of MSU!
Despite appearances, the Bear really does have a head on top of it!




Steve Chan is Professor of Political Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He studies international relations, foreign policy, and comparative politics with a focus on East Asia. His publications include thirteen books and over a hundred chapters and articles which have appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Peace Research, and World Politics.


Hue-ping Chin is associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Center & the Global Studies Program at Drury University, Springfield, Missouri.  She has been teaching and conducting research extensively on women’s issues in Asia and cross-cultural relationships in the era of globalization.


John F. Copper is the Stanley J. Buckman Distinguished Professor of International Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Copper is the author of more than twenty books on Asia and international affairs. In addition, he has written several monographs, edited one book, co-edited one book, and co-translated two books. He has also contributed to more than forty books and has published over seventy articles in academic journals and magazines. A number of his public addresses have been published.  Professor Copper has testified several times before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its Sub-Committee on Asia and Pacific Affairs.


Dennis Hickey is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Graduate Program in International Affairs at Missouri State University. He has published four books and approximately 40 articles and book chapters.  Dr. Hickey’s work has appeared in such journals as Asian Survey, Orbis, Journal of Contemporary China and Pacific Review. In addition to these publications, Dr. Hickey has contributed numerous op-ed pieces to newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Taipei Times and the Kansas City Star.  Dr. Hickey's most recent book is Foreign Policy Making in Taiwan:  From Principle to Pragmatism (Routledge:  London, 2007).  He has served as the Director of the American Political Science Association's Conference Group on Taiwan Studies and presently serves as a Research Associate at San Francisco State University's Center for US-China Policy Studies.  In 2008, Dr. Hickey will join the faculty of the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, China as a Fulbright Scholar. His current research focuses on the changing nature of Beijing's policy toward Taipei.


John Fuh-sheng Hsieh is Professor of Political Science at the University of South Carolina.  His teaching and research interests include rational choice theory, constitutional choice, electoral systems, electoral behavior, political parties, democratization, foreign policy, and East Asian politics. He is the author or co-author of A Comparative Study of Referendums [in Chinese], Party-List Proportional Representation [in Chinese], Popular Will, Checks and Balances, and Efficiency: On the Values of Democracy [in Chinese], On the Participation of Interest Groups in the Political Process [in Chinese]. He is also the co-editor of The Scope and Methods of Political Science [in Chinese] and How Asia Votes (Chatham House, 2002). His English works appeared as chapters in many books and in such journals as International Political Science Review, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Public Choice, Representation, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, China Quarterly, Journal of Asian and African Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, American Asian Review, Issues & Studies, and Chinese Political Science Review.


Shiping Hua is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Asian Democracy at the University of Louisville.  His single-authored books are: Scientism and Humanism: Two Cultures in Post-Mao China (1979-1989) and Chinese Utopianism:  A Comparative Study of Reformist Thought in Japan, Russia and China (1898-2000). He has edited/co-edited five other books in English. He has also published two books in Chinese. His articles and presentations have also appeared in popular media, such as The Wilson Quarterly, The New York Times and The Voice of America.  Dr Hua is the general editor of a book series with University Press of Kentucky, "Asia in the New Millennium." He is Professor in Affiliations with China's Peking University and Renmin University. He is also currently Council Chairman of the United Societies of China Studies, a coalition of five scholarly organizations of China studies based in the US.  He was Asian Policy Studies Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars--George Washington University during the 2004-2005 academic year.  Dr. Hua teaching classes at the University of Louisville that include, "Clash of Civilizations," "Japan, China and the US," "Comparative Politics," "East Asian Politics," and "The People's Republic of China."


Beat Kernen is professor of political science and head of the Department of Political Science at Missouri State University.  Dr. Kernen's research and teaching interests include Post-Soviet Politics, International Relations, the European Union, and East European Politics. He has published articles in The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Crossroads, Political Chronicle, Yearbook of East European Economies, and East European Quarterly.  Dr. Kernen has played a leading role in the drive to internationalize Missouri State University and was the driving force behind the establishment of the Department of Political Science’s Graduate Program in International Affairs and Administration and served as its first director.


I Chung Lai is the Director of the International Affairs Department in the Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan.  He is also a member of the Executive Board and Director of Foreign Policy Studies at the Taiwan Think-tank, one of East Asia's major think-tanks. From December 2000 to March 2003, Dr. Lai serves as Special Assistant to the Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan and from July 1999 to November 2000 he served as Executive Director of the Democratic Progressive Party's Mission in the United States.  Dr Lai earned his Ph.D from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1999 and was a visiting research fellow at Cornell University from 1994 to 1999.


Elizabeth Freund Larus is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA. She is author of Economic Reform in China, 1979-2003: The Marketization of Labor and State Enterprises as well as several book chapters and academic journal articles on the political economy of China and on China-Taiwan economic relations


Dr. Da-chi Liao is a professor in the Graduate Institute of Political Science at National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She is a recent president of Taiwanese Political Science Association (2005-06) and was a Fulbright Scholar at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University (2006-2007). Since the early 1990s, Dr. Liao has been involved in the international project “Democracy and Local Governance,” which has been carried out over the course of the past 15 years in more than 26 countries. Her other research interests include issues related to democratization, constitutional development and legislative institutions. She has chaired two three-year term projects funded by Taiwan’s National Science Council to study legislative and party politics and their relations to Taiwan’s democratization process. Dr. Liao also is utilizing a new research tool — data-mining — developed by information technologists, to uncover politics beneath the surface. She has published approximately 40 refereed articles in journals such as Issues & Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, Chinese Political Science Review, Taiwanese Political Science Review, Sun Yat-sen Journal of Social Sciences and Taiwan Journal of Democracy. Liao earned her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan in 1990.


Xuecheng Liu is Senior Fellow of the China Institute of International Studies and Executive Vice President of the Center for China-US Relations Studies. He is also a member of China National Committee, Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific, standing council member of Chinese Association for South Asian Studies, member of ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Experts/Eminent Persons, and a member of the High-Level Study Group of Asia Cooperation Dialogue. In addition to these responsibilities in China, Dr.Liu is a visiting professor of the University of Texas at Austin where he teaches classes during the spring semester. He is the author of over 300 articles, conference papers and research reports, dozens of book chapters and books on China's external relations, arms control, Sino-American relations and one of the world's foremost authorities on China's relations with South Asia.


Emerson Niou  is Professor of Political Science at Duke University and, from 2004-06, Professor of Government and Public Administration at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He is the co-author of The Balance of Power, Cambridge University Press, 1989.  His recent publications include: "The Return of the Luddites,” with Peter Ordeshook, International Security, October 1999; “Strategic Voting under Plurality and Runoff Rules,” Journal of Theoretical Politics, 2001; “A Theory of Economic Sanctions and Issue Linkage,” with Dean Lacy, Journal of Politics, 2004; “Understanding Taiwan Independence and Its Policy Implications,” Asian Survey, July 2004; “Term Limits as a Response to Incumbency Advantage,” with Kongpin Chen, Journal of Politics, May 2005. His current projects include studies of institutions and reforms in China, security balance in the Taiwan Strait, and calculus of voting.


Timothy Rich is a doctoral student in Political Science at Indiana University. His research and teaching interests include democratization, Taiwanese domestic politics, cross-strait relations, ethnic minorities in China and US foreign policy. His current research attempts to blend qualitative, statistical, and rational choice methodologies in analyzing the role of Taiwanese elections in cross-strait relations.


Shelley Rigger is the Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. She has a PhD in Government from Harvard University and a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She has been a visiting researcher at National Chengchi University in Taiwan (2005) and a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai (2006). Rigger is the author of two books on Taiwan’s domestic politics. Politics in Taiwan: Voting for Democracy (Routledge 1999) and From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (Lynne Rienner Publishers 2001). She has published articles on Taiwan’s domestic politics, the national identity issue in Taiwan-China relations and related topics. Her current research studies the effects of cross-strait economic interactions on Taiwan people’s perceptions of Mainland China. Her monograph, “Taiwan’s Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics and ‘Taiwan Nationalism’” was published by the East West Center in Washington in November 2006.


Ken Rutherford is Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University.  He has co-edited two books and published in numerous academic and policy journals including World Politics, Journal of International Politics, Journal of Peace Alternatives, Non-Proliferation Review and Security Dialogue.  After losing his legs to a landmine in Somalia in 1993, he earned his doctorate at Georgetown University and has traveled worldwide to speak out to promote awareness of the mass suffering caused by these weapons and for the economic and social rights for the landmine disabled. Dr. Rutherford has testified before Congress and appeared on numerous television broadcasts.


Dr Schifferle is a graduate of the U.S. Army Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies.  He holds Masters Degrees from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in German History, and the School of Advanced Military Studies in Theater Operations.  He was awarded a Doctorate in American History from the University of Kansas in 2002.  Upon graduation from Reserve Officers Training Corps at Canisius College, Buffalo, New York, Peter J. Schifferle was commissioned into the Armor Branch in 1976. Dr. Schifferle served in a variety of command and staff positions in both Tank and Armored Cavalry units throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and the Republic of Korea, including an assignment as the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment S4 during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Prior to his last assignment as Exercise Director, School of Advanced Military Studies, U. S. Army Command and General Staff College, he served as Chief of Plans, V Corps in Heidelberg, Federal Republic of Germany.  That assignment included supervision of staff planning for Task Force Eagle as both IFOR and SFOR in Bosnia-Herzogovina in 1995 through 1997.  After retirement in 2000, he was appointed the Director, Advanced Operational Art Studies Fellowship at the School of Advanced Military Studies. In August 2007, Dr. Schifferle submitted a manuscript entitled Anticipating Armageddon: The Leavenworth Schools and U.S. Army Military Effectiveness, 1919-1945, to the University Press of Kansas for consideration as a book in their Modern War Series.  Dr. Schifferle has been married for over thirty years to the former Sandra Leigh Gould.  They have one daughter, Rachel, who is a student at Park University.


Michael Sheng is professor and head of the Department of History at Missouri State University.  He is the author of numerous scholarly articles in journals including China Quarterly, Modern China and China Journal among others.  His most recent book is Battling Western Imperialism:  Mao, Stalin and the US, which was published by Princeton University Press.


Hans Stockton is Assistant Professor in the Center for International Studies and Director of the Study Abroad Program for the University of Saint Thomas in Houston, Texas. His area of academic specialization is in the political economy of democratic transition and consolidation in contemporary Asia Pacific. He has presented at regional and national conferences of political science and Asian studies and in addition to several book chapters, has published in Asian Perspectives, Comparative Political Studies, Party Politics, the Chinese Journal of Public Administration, the American Journal of Chinese Studies, Global Economic Review, and the Korean Journal of Public Policy. He has published two books with the Edwin Mellen Press, The Impact of Democratization on the Utilization of Clientelistic Styles of Ruling Parties in East Asia (2003) and The Future of Development in Vietnam and the Challenges of Globalization: Interdisciplinary Essays (Ed., 2006).  In addition, he has had several op/ed pieces published in the Houston Chronicle and Taipei Journal.


Fei-Ling Wang (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania), is Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA. He taught at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), guest-lectured at 16 other universities in several countries, and held visiting and adjunct positions in Anhui Normal University and Renmin University of China, Yonsei University in Korea, National University of Singapore, and University of Tokyo in Japan.  Wang’s most recent books are Organizing through Division and Exclusion: China's Hukou System (Stanford University Press, 2005) and China Rising: Power and Motivation in Chinese Foreign Policy (co-editor, Rowman & Littlefield, 2005). His dozens of articles have appeared in journals and newspapers such as The China Quarterly, Christian Science Monitor, Harvard International Review, International Herald Tribune, Journal of Contemporary China, Pacific Affairs and The Washington Quarterly as well as Aspenia (Italy), Diplomatie (France), Global Times and Strategy and Management (China). He has had numerous research grants, consulted organizations in several countries, and appeared in some of the world’s major news media outlets.


T.Y. Wang is Professor of Political Science at Illinois State University.  He was the Coordinator of the Conference Group of Taiwan Studies (CGOTS) of the American Political Science Association and is currently the co-editor of the Journal of Asian and African StudiesProfessor Wang’s research focuses on Taiwanese national identity, cross-Strait relations, US policy towards China and Taiwan and research methodology.  He has published articles in such scholarly journals as the American Political Science Review, Asian Survey, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Research.  His most recent publications include Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (in Chinese) (Beijing: China Renmin University Press, 2007), and “Political Tolerance in a Democracy under External Threats,” Political Research Quarterly (with G. Andy Chang, 2006).


Al Willner is Associate Dean, School of Liberal Arts at Georgia Gwinnett College. He recently completed a U.S. Army career, culminating in an assignment from 2005-2007 as Chief (U.S. Defense Attaché equivalent), Liaison Affairs Section, American Institute in Taiwan, Taipei, Taiwan.  He has a Ph.D. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.  He is co-editor of a book, China's Nuclear Future (Lynne Rienner, 2006), and has authored or co-authored numerous papers.  His research interests include cross-strait security and U.S. foreign policy in Asia.


Dr.Joseph Wu is the Republic of China's Representative (Ambassador) to the United States.  He earned his Master's in Political Science at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and his Ph.D. in Political Science at Ohio State University.  After earning his doctorate, Dr. Wu returned to Taiwan where he served in a number of academic positions including an assignment at the prestigious Institute of International Relations.  Following his academic career, entered government.  Dr. Wu has served as an adviser in Taiwan's National Security Council, Deputy Secretary-General to the President and Chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council.  He accepted his current assignment as Taiwan's Representative to the United States in 2007.  Dr. Wu is the author of numerous articles on international relations, comparative politics and democratization in Taiwan.  


Weirong Yan is the Coordinator of Asian Arts and Letters and Instructor of Chinese and Japanese Languages in the Modern and Classical Languages Department at Missouri State University.  Her research interests include China's accession to the World Trade Organization, China's banking system, the IMF and financial globalization and foreign bank entry in China. Dr. Yan received her M.A. in International Economics at Kyoto University with a specialization in International Banking and Finance and is a Ph.D. Candidate in International Economics.


Fiona Yap is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Undergraduate Studies and the International Studies Co-major at the University of Kansas. Her research work is available through journals such as the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of East Asian Studies, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics as well as chapter-contributions in edited volumes. Her book, Citizen Power, Politics, and the 'Asian Miracle' (2005) has been reviewed in the Asian-Pacific Economic Literature, the ASEAN Economic Bulletin, and the Journal of East Asian Studies. She is a member of the editorial team at Annual Editions: Comparative Politics, and has served as a reviewer for numerous journals, including Journal of Politics, Comparative Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and Asian Survey.


Professor Zhong is Professor of Political Science at the University of Tennessee. His main research interests include Chinese local government and politics, mass political culture in China, Sino-U.S. relations and relations between China and Taiwan. He has published one book manuscript and edited several books. He has also published over three dozen journal articles and book chapters. Some of his works have appeared in top political science journals such as The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly and Comparative Political Studies. Dr. Zhong also serves as an External Research Associate at China Policy Institute of the University of Nottingham. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at East Asian Institute of National University of Singapore between January and June 2001 and between July and October 2004. Professor Zhong has received research funding from Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (USA), Pacific Cultural Foundation, and the University of Tennessee. Professor Zhong has served as President of Association of Chinese Political Studies (USA). He has also served as Interim Director, the Center for International Education, Chair of Asian Studies Committee and Associate Head of Political Science Department at the University of Tennessee



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This conference is sponsored by the Missouri State University's Provost Research Incentive Program, The Taiwan Foundation for Democracy and
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