Join GTI on May 5 for a book talk with Richard Bush on "Difficult Choices"

You are invited to attend:


[Virtual Seminar] A Book Talk with Richard Bush on "Difficult Choices: Taiwan's Quest for Security and the Good Life"

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 9:00AM-10:00AM (EST)
Webcast Only
Event Description:
The Global Taiwan Institute (GTI) is pleased to invite you to a virtual book talk with Richard Bush on his new book, "Difficult Choices: Taiwan's Quest for Security and the Good Life." Over the past three decades, Taiwan has distinguished itself as one of the world's most vibrant and successful democracies. Nevertheless, the island state faces a lengthy—and growing—list of challenges, both internal and external. Domestically, Taipei struggles to contend with issues linked to its aging population, polarized political system, and rising income inequality. Externally, these problems are compounded by China's increasing military and political pressure, as well as Beijing's efforts to isolate the island diplomatically. In "Difficult Choices," Bush provides a deep and probing exploration of these issues, offering recommendations to Taiwan as it attempts to plot a course towards a more secure and successful future.

The event webcast will be broadcast live on our website and YouTube on Wednesday, May 5 at 9 AM (EST). Questions for the author may either be sent by e-mail to or through the chat function on the YouTube page. 
The Author:

Richard Bush is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAP) at Brookings. From July 2002 to June 2018, he served as the Director of the center, and from 2013 until 2020 he served as the inaugural Chen-Fu and Cecilia Yen Koo Chair in Taiwan Studies. He also holds a joint appointment as a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Brookings John L. Thornton China Center. Prior to joining Brookings, Bush worked for almost five years as the chairman and managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan. He has also served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs and the National Intelligence Council. In addition to "Difficult Choices," Bush is the author or editor of several books on China and Taiwan, including "Untying the Knot: Making Peace in the Taiwan Strait" (Brookings, 2005), "Perils of Proximity: China-Japan Security Relations" (Brookings, 2010), and "Hong Kong in the Shadow of China: Living with the Leviathan" (Brookings, 2016). Bush received his undergraduate education at Lawrence University and did his graduate work in political science at Columbia University, getting a master’s in 1973 and his doctorate in 1978.

The Moderator:

Russell Hsiao is the Executive Director of GTI, Senior Fellow at The Jamestown Foundation, and Adjunct Fellow at Pacific Forum. He is a former Penn Kemble Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy and Visiting Scholar at the University of Tokyo’s Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia. He previously served as a Senior Research Fellow at The Project 2049 Institute and National Security Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Prior to those positions he was the editor of China Brief at The Jamestown Foundation from October 2007- to July 2011 and a Special Associate in the International Cooperation Department at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. While in law school, he clerked within the Office of the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Hsiao received his J.D. and certificate from the Law and Technology Institute at the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law where he served as the editor-in-chief of the Catholic University’s Journal of Law and Technology. He received a B.A. in international studies from the American University’s School of International Service and the University Honors Program.
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