SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Taiwan's Sunflower Movement: Causes and Outcome of the Protest

Anna Kireeva
Speaker: Anna Kireeva (MGIMO University, Russia)

Date: 25 October 2017Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 25 October 2017Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 559

Type of Event: Seminar


Taiwan has proven to be one of the most successful stories of democratic transition and economic modernization in East Asia. However the largest social protest in the democratic history of Taiwan in 2014, known as the 'Sunflower movement', poses the following question: what are the causes of the massive protest and what are the consequences for the political system and Taiwan's democratic model? Dr. Anna Kireeva will analyse the 'Sunflower movement' from the perspective of social activity and political system of Taiwan as well as political economy of Taiwan and Cross-Strait relations.

Speaker's Bio

Anna Kireeva is an Associate Professor at the Department of Asian and African Studies and Research Fellow at Center for Comprehensive Chinese Studies and Regional Projects in Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO University), the MFA of Russia. Her research focuses on the strategies and foreign policy of great powers in East Asia: China, Japan, U.S., and Russia as well as India as an emerging power. In particular, her research centers on the transformation of the East Asian regional order and territorial disputes, Russia’s Asian pivot, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Japan’s foreign policy and national security policy transformation and the U.S. rebalance to Asia and post-pivot policy.

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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