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About TSR

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About TSR

Website Director:
Dr. Su Chi
Chairman, Taipei Forum
Professor, Tamkang University

Website Founder:
Dr. Philip Yang (Bio)
President, Association of International Relations
Adjunct Professor, National Taiwan University

Executive Editor:
Dr. Dalton Lin (C.V.) (2008-present)
Assistant Professor
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology

Senior Editor:
James Lee (2016-present)
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Politics, Princeton University

Associate Editor:
Kristian McGuire (C.V.) (2015-present)


Student Assistant:
Surya Narayanan (2017-present)
Sam Nunn School of International Affairs
Georgia Institute of Technology


Interns:

2017 Fall
Surya Narayanan (Georgia Tech)
Lauren Lin (Boston College)
Kylie Byrd (Georgia Tech)



2017 Summer

Eric Rowe (George Washington University; Freeman Foundation International Fellowship) (Work: The Likelihood of Cross-Strait Armed Conflict and Taiwan’s Military and Political Readiness: An Interview with Arthur Ding)
Surya Narayanan (Georgia Tech)
Brice Edelman (Georgia Tech)
Lauren Lin (Boston College)
Kylie Byrd (Georgia Tech)

2017 Spring
Surya Narayanan (Georgia Tech)

2016 Summer
James Lee (Princeton University)
Priyanka Juneja
(Georgia Tech) (Work: China's Hukou System--An Interview with Fei-Ling Wang)
Sebra Yen (George Washington University; Freeman Foundation International Fellowship)


2013 Summer
Kristian McGuire (George Washington University; Freeman Foundation International Fellowship)


Technical Engineer:
Venny Hsu

Overview of the Site

Founded by Dr. Philip Yang at the end of 1997, Taiwan Security Research (TSR) is an academic and non-governmental website designed to aggregate and disseminate information on current events relating to Taiwan’s security and regional security issues. The website compiles newspaper articles, op-ed pieces, official policy statements, academic papers and reports from English language sources posting them daily on TSR’s website. The website is designed to provide an unbiased, reliable English-language source of up-to-date information relating to Taiwan’s security situation.

Statement of Purpose

In addition to acting as an information service to the academic community, the major purpose of the TSR is to serve as a confidence-building measure (CBM) by providing timely, objective and balanced information to those concerned with the maintenance of peace and security across the Taiwan Straits and the Asia-Pacific region. It is the belief of the TSR team that the Taiwan security issue is not merely a question of regional security, but one of the most important foreign policy issues of this new century.

Background

From the end of 1997, Taiwan Security Research was been maintained as a website focusing on Taiwan and regional security issues. From 1997 to 2004, it was managed and maintained almost entirely by Dr. Philip Yang, with occasional technical and administrative assistance from Dr. Yang’s students. Dalton Lin joined the team in 2004 and embarked on operating TSR’s Chinese webpages. In 2008, an executive editor position was created to be in charge of both TSR’s English and Chinese operations, and Dalton Lin has assumed the responsibility ever since. In 2012, TSR acquired the generous commitment of the Taipei Forum to support not only the website’s funding, but also its missions of providing non-partisan, balanced information to readers who concerned with the maintenance of peace and security across the Taiwan Straits and the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to administrative assistance from Taipei Forum, TSR now also has a dedicated technician, Venny Hsu, to ensure seamless service for our readers.

Content

The website’s homepage provides three venues for accessing information:

  • Users can scroll down to the 7-9 line news briefs summarizing the most recent postings to the website. These briefs are organized into three groups: newspaper articles (whose full length generally runs from 1-2 printed pages), comments (op-ed pieces, academic papers, studies, reports, and policy statements) and polls. The title of the piece appears as a hyperlink that can be clicked to access the full document. Longer documents may be in downloadable PDF format, while the majority of documents are immediately displayed after clicking the link. Following the title is the date and source of the piece that precede the 7-9 line abstract of the full document.
  • Users can click on any of the regional categories which organize and cross-reference current and archived postings into subjects of issues.
  • Users can also search the website using key words.

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Reviews 

The TSR website has been recommended by leading journal and scholars in the field including:

Foreign Affairs (July/August 2000, p. 154)
"Maintained by Philip Yang of Taiwan National University, this site is an excellent source for news and information on Taiwanese and Chinese security issues. The page eschews Web junk - there is a refreshing absence of spinning tanks, dancing airplanes, and morphing flags - and concentrates instead on a serious subject. Its strengths include substantial sections on the People's Liberation Army as well as generous material on Taiwan. This site is likely to become an increasingly important resource, given the unlikelihood of tranquility in that part of the world any time soon."

June Teufel Dreyer (Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami)
"This beautifullly-designed website provides everything one needs to know about Taiwan security research in one convenient place. Weekly emails give users a summary of what has been added in previous days. This website is timely, succinct, and visually attractive."

Paul Evans (Professor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia)
"The Taiwan Security Research website and listserv is one of several projects that distributes information on Asia Pacific security issues. Balanced, thoughtful and non-partisan in selection, and state-of-the-art in presentation, it has been playing a unique and valuable role for policy-relevant research in three respects. First, it tends to focus on issues relevant to cross-Straits relations, where other sites concentrate on a broader geographic area. Second, it includes information from sources in Taiwan that are not found on other websites. This is especially important because views from Taiwan are rarely part of international conferences and meetings. Third, it includes news coverage (along the same lines as NAPSNET) as well as reflective pieces on broader issues and themes."

Harry Harding (Dean, Elliot School of International Relations, George Washington University)
"This has proven to be one of the most valuable websites on security problems in Asia. I would rank it alongside the Nautilus website for its comprehensiveness and objectivity. The Nautilus website, of course, focuses on the Korean peninsula; TSR focuses on the situation in the Taiwan Strait. Thus, the two complement each other well."

Dennis Van Vranken Hickey (Associate Professor, Political Science Department, Southwest Missouri State University)
"The Taiwan Security Research website provides me with information that would be difficult, if not impossible, to collect elsewhere. In addition to gathering and presenting up-do-date articles and analyses from the world press, the website also posts the work of numerous experts in the field. It provides a unique and invaluable service that is unavailalbe anywhere else and provides it in an easy to understand fashion. Moreover, it provides users with links to government websites, think-tanks and libraries. Finally, the website contains a database--that is, it stores past postings for future use."

Roderick MacFarquhar (Fairbank Center, Harvard University)
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The Taiwan Security Research (TSR) web site is an invaluable source of information on Taiwanese politics and the security situation in the Taiwan Strait. There are usually several items which I need to read to get briefed on a rapidly changing situation which has the potential for becoming the focus of a major international crisis."

Andrew Nathan (Professor, Department of Political Science, Columbia University)
"The website contributes enormously to the ability of scholars in the U.S. to keep track of Taiwan affairs. As such, it raises both the quantity and the quality of attention to and commentary on Taiwan in American academia, and serves not only an academic but a national security interest for Taiwan. Academically, what I appreciate very much is that the site is complete, accurate, impartial, and easy to access. As a result, I have a lot of confidence that by using it, I'm keeping up with commentary and news on Taiwan security related affairs. I have no other way to do this."

Joseph Nye (Dean, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University)
"I have found the TSR to be the single best source of information on the China-Taiwan-United States relationship that exists. It provides comprehensive and objective information on one of the most important foreign policy problems of this new century. In a world cluttered with unwanted e-mail, I find myself reading every issue of TSR without fail."

Michael Yahuda (Professor of International Relations, The London School of Economics and Political Science)
"I am truly grateful for your supply of the Taiwan Security Research (TSR) website as I have found it extremely useful for my research and for such commentaries as I am asked to give from time to time in the local and international media. The weekly supply of authoritative and properly sourced news and academic articles on issues relevant to Taiwan's security has become an indispensable resource for me in the writing of papers for conferences and in ensuring that I do not miss important statements and commentaries. I have come to rely on the weekly supply of the TSR and I am sure that this must be true of other scholars too."

Stephen J. Yates (Senior Policy Analyst at The Heritage Foundation)
"Cross-Strait relations and Taiwan's security are amonth the highest priority issues to U.S. policymakers. Over the last decade several developments in Taiwan and its relations with Beijing have significantly challenged American policy throughout Asia. For those of us who conduct academic research to provide context and background for U.S. policymakers in such times of difficulty, Philip Yang's Taiwan Security Research (TSR) is an indispensable resource. His weekly reports keep us informed of the best articles and studies produced by experts worldwide, and the online archive is a goldmine of source material for long-term research and historical analysis."

Yu-Shan Wu (Professor, Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University)
"I consider Prof. Philip Yang's web site on Taiwan security a great asset to the academic community in a truly global sense. It arouses interest in cross-Straits relations and sensitizes international scholars to Taiwan's security needs. It serves both the academic and security interest of this country."

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The Best of Asia-Pacific Web Award
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