In Post-Election Taiwan, Experts Say, Democracy is a Journey

Taiwan’s recent elections are yet another step in its larger democratic journey, the Pentagon’s former top Asia policy expert said during an important conversation at the Keough School’s Washington Office.

“Democracy is not an endpoint; it’s not an accomplishment,” said Randall Schriver, former assistant secretary of defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs for the US Department of Defense. “It’s a journey, it’s an experiment, and these elections are very key to sustaining that great journey and experiment.” 

Schriver, who was making one of his first public appearances since stepping down from his national security role in December, delivered the keynote at “Beyond the Ballot: Taiwan’s Elections and Their Implications for US Policy.” The Jan. 16 event—hosted by the Keough School’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies—synthesized insights from a diverse panel of experts. 

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January 16, 2020

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