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Defense

Taiwan’s Submarine Program: Lessons from the Past and Expected Challenges

The winner of the 2016 presidential election will have the unenviable responsibility of pushing Taiwan’s nascent indigenous submarine program forward

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Politics

Can the European Experience Provide Inspiration for Cross-Strait Relations?

Post-World War II Europe offers tempting examples of reconciliation. None of them, however, is a good fit for relations between Taiwan and China

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Defense

China’s Aircraft Carrier Program: Implications for Taiwan and the Region

The aircraft carrier is a potent symbol of military power. But its utility is constrained by several factors

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Defense

China, Taiwan, and the Challenge of Military Transformation

Taiwan’s military faces many problems, but it also deserves credit for embracing civilian control, absorbing new technologies, and re-organizing itself after several waves of downsizing

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Defense

Taiwan’s Invisible Frontier: Cyberspace

During the ‘hacker war’ of 1999, the National Security Bureau recorded 70,000 hits in one month. By 2012, that number was 3.34 million. Is the nation ready to meet the challenge of cyber warfare?

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Defense

VOTE 2016: How Much Should Candidates Say About Defense?

How does the next commander-in-chief intend to defend the nation against external aggression?

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Defense

Will China Buy French-built Mistral Ships?

Reality check: All the talk about the possible sale of French-built amphibious assault ships to China is mere speculation

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Defense

China’s ADIZ in the South China Sea: Coming Soon to a Sea Near You?

Beijing’s declaration of an Air Defense Identification Zone over the East China Sea in November 2013 came as a surprise; similar steps in the South China Sea should not surprise anyone

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Defense

China’s New S-400 SAM: Implications for Taiwan

China has a wide range of options to make the skies over Taiwan a hostile territory for Taiwanese pilots, but its new advanced air defense system is not likely to be one of them

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Defense

Taiwan’s Navy Sails in the Right Direction

It’s time for some good news from the military

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