Webcast: Dire Strait? – What Taiwan’s Election Means for China and the World


A Conversation With Natasha Kassam [MEMBERS ONLY]


As Taiwan’s election on January 11, 2020 is approaching, incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) enjoys a sudden resurgence in support. Last year at this time, the situation looked dramatically different with the Chinese nationalist opposition party Kuomintang having dominated local elections. However, the protests in Hong Kong and wariness of Chinese influence have given Tsai the edge again.

What does Taiwan’s election stand for amid the Hong Kong crisis? How will the election result influence Taiwan–mainland relations in the long-term? To what extent will other parties have more influence in the legislature?

Join us for the first Webcast Current Affairs of the new year with Natasha Kassam, research fellow of the Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program of the Lowy Institute. This webcast is for members only. Register now to get free access to the one-hour webcast.

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Natasha Kassam

Natasha Kassam is a Research Fellow in the Diplomacy and Public Opinion Program, directing the annual Lowy Institute Poll. Her other research interests include Australia’s Indo-Pacific strategy, China’s domestic politics, Taiwan, and Australia-China relations. Natasha worked at Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for nine years, most recently to draft the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper. Before she was a diplomat in China from 2013 to 2017, where she reported on human rights, law reform, Xinjiang and Tibet. From 2011 to 2012 Natasha was a law and justice advisor to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) in Honiara. She has also previously worked at the University of Sydney’s Sydney Centre for International Law and the law firm Clayton Utz. Natasha provides regular commentary to Australian and international media outlets including CNN, BBC, Bloomberg, Guardian and the ABC.

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Tue 14 Jan 2020
12:15 - 1:15 p.m.


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