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Relations with Mainland Loom Large for Taiwan’s New President

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen was sworn into office under intense scrutiny from the Mainland. Beijing insists that the new president embrace the “One China” principle and use the “1992 Consensus” as the basis for cross-strait relations. And while there are many important issues that Tsai must address, relations with the Mainland loom large for Taiwan and its new president. International relations scholar Vincent Wei-Cheng Wang provides insight and analysis in this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.



First Female President Takes Office In Taiwan

This interview was originally published at WBUR.

Tension in the Taiwan Strait: Tsai Ing-Wen's Inaugural Address and Beijing's Response

Dr. Tsai Ing-wen was inaugurated as President of Taiwan on May 20, 2016. Beijing has made clear that if she does not embrace the One China principle and invoke the 1992 Consensus as the basis of Cross-Strait relations in her inaugural speech, Mainland-Taiwan relations cannot continue on the constructive path they have followed over the past eight years. Speaking the words Beijing wishes to hear, however, would likely alienate supporters of Tsai’s Democratic Progressive Party and might violate some of her own core beliefs.

Parliamentary Politics and Change in Burma

Back in January 2011, the convening of a new parliament evoked little enthusiasm in the junta-run nation of Burma. Five years later, however, the legislature has arguably become one of the centers of Burma’s post-junta public life. Additionally, the resounding victory of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) in the 2015 elections has rekindled hopes for major democratic transformations. However, Burma’s constitution remains heavily weighted toward the executive branch and provides the Burmese armed forces with key prerogatives.

Brazilian Congress Votes to Impeach President

Now that the Brazilian Congress has voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, we asked Brazil institute Director Paulo Sotero to provide historic and political context and to describe implications and likely reactions.

Myanmar Elects First Civilian President in Decades

Myanmar’s election of Htin Kyaw marks the first time in decades that a civilian will serve as the country's president. The election of her close confidant is another political victory for Aung San Suu Kyi, who many believe will be the true power behind the throne. We spoke to Wilson Center Fellow Renaud Egreteau to gain more insight into this historic moment in the country’s electoral history. That discussion provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Reforming Ukraine: A Progress Report with Dmytro Shymkiv

Ukraine’s government and civil society are in the midst of an ambitious reform effort. The country's lead reformer, Dmytro Shymkiv, provides a progress report in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.


Five Years In: The Legacy of the Arab Spring

Panel One: The Makeup of Post-Arab Spring Politics

Four experts offered their analysis on the effects of the Arab Spring on political and governance issues in the Middle East and assessed the lasting impacts on the region’s political fabric.