Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Strait Talk: A Week of Youth Dialogue, Public Events

October 25, 2010

Strait Talk, a youth-run project focused on the cross-Taiwan Strait conflict, invites the Brown community to join scholars and students from Mainland China, Taiwan, and the US for the sixth Strait Talk Symposium, to be hosted at Brown University from October 30 to November 4. Public events will include panels on historical memory, economics, international relations, and other subjects, featuring leading scholars in the field.

Started by Brown undergraduates in 2005, Strait Talk promotes constructive dialogue and critical thinking about the cross-Strait issue by bringing students and young professionals from mainland China, Taiwan, and the United States to the University to engage in Interactive Conflict Resolution workshops and create a Consensus Document outlining policy recommendations, grassroots initiatives, and concrete steps toward mutual cooperation across the Taiwan Strait.

PUBLIC EVENTS

Saturday, October 30th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, reception following
Historical Memory Panel – After Empire: Road to Reconciliation
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Opening remarks: Kerry Smith, Brown University
Facilitator: Tatsushi Arai, School of International Training
Panelists: Yinan He, Seton Hall University; Ping-hui Liao, University of California, San Diego; Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut; Hye-Sook Wang (confirming), Brown University
Organized in conjunction with Hanuri, Korean American Students Association, Japanese Cultural Association, the East Asian Studies Department Undergraduate Group, and Asian American History Month, this panel will explore current perspectives and past representations of the colonized and colonizers in East Asia between 1895 and 1945.

Monday, November 1st, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
Peacebuilding Talk and Workshop – Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace
Wilson 301
Speaker: Tatsushi Arai, School of International Training
Dr. Arai will lead a practical workshop on methods of conflict resolution and how they can be used to promote substantial and meaningful dialogue among deeply divided groups and build consensus. He will draw on material from his latest book and utilize case studies from a few select regions of the world, including perhaps Rwanda.

Monday, November 1st, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Economics Panel – Investing in the Future: Economic Exchange and Cross-Strait Political Stability
Smith-Buonanno 106
Panelists: Randy Schriver, Project 2049 Institute; Terry Cooke, GC3 Strategy; Dan Blumenthal, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
This panel will discuss how the private sector links between Taiwan and the Mainland have been growing in spite of political tensions between the two sides, and will explore the potential future role of such ties in normalization of political relations.

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
International Relations Panel – Taiwan and Mainland China in International Discourse: Potential for Peace
Smith-Buonanno 106
Moderator: Kerry Smith, Brown University
Panelists: Alan Wachman, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy; Jacques DeLisle, University of Pennsylvania Law School
This panel will explore the different ways in which the status and relationship between mainland China and Taiwan is interpreted in international law and political discourse, focusing on how peaceful consensus can be built from the various conflicting interpretations of each region's status. 

Wednesday, November 3rd, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Peace Action Roundtable – Strait Talk Peace Projects: Peer Critique
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Facilitator: Alan Harlam, Social Entrepreurship at Swearer Center for Public Service
This roundtable discussion will actively engage Strait Talk delegates, alumni, organizers, and Starr fellows in a feedback session for "Peace Projects" devised by delegates during the course of the Symposium week.

Thursday, November 4th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Final Presentation – 2010 Strait Talk Final Presentation to the Brown Community
Wilson 102
Delegates and organizers of the 2010 Strait Talk Symposium will present the cumulative work of the Symposium week to the Brown community. The 2010 Strait Talk delegates will present their final consensus document, the product from a series of Interactive Conflict Resolution workshops.