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Inflexible to Flexible Diplomacy in Taiwan

Hansson, Ulf LU (2011) STVM11 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Taiwan is in many ways an excellent example of how an authoritarian country can overcome much of the associated difficulties of successfully transitioning into a healthy and well-functioning democracy. In spite of this undisputed fact, Taiwan can only be characterized as a diplomatic orphan, an outcast, shunned by the international community because of events dating back to before World War II and the fact that two regimes have for various intents and purposes claimed to represent the one true China. Different foreign policies have been employed by Taiwan to best cope with this situation.
The purpose of this thesis is, through the use of a theoretical model situated on the state and individual level, with the added assistance of a number... (More)
Taiwan is in many ways an excellent example of how an authoritarian country can overcome much of the associated difficulties of successfully transitioning into a healthy and well-functioning democracy. In spite of this undisputed fact, Taiwan can only be characterized as a diplomatic orphan, an outcast, shunned by the international community because of events dating back to before World War II and the fact that two regimes have for various intents and purposes claimed to represent the one true China. Different foreign policies have been employed by Taiwan to best cope with this situation.
The purpose of this thesis is, through the use of a theoretical model situated on the state and individual level, with the added assistance of a number of conducted interviews and material collected from secondary sources, to analyze the foreign policy change (FPC) that Taiwan underwent, starting in the 1980s, and discover why Taiwan decided to implement a foreign policy that would come to be known as ‗flexible diplomacy‘. (Less)
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author
Hansson, Ulf LU
supervisor
organization
course
STVM11 20111
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Taiwan, China, Foreign Policy Analysis, Flexible Diplomacy, One-China policy
language
English
id
1856824
date added to LUP
2011-05-03 16:21:41
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2011-05-03 16:21:41
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  abstract     = {Taiwan is in many ways an excellent example of how an authoritarian country can overcome much of the associated difficulties of successfully transitioning into a healthy and well-functioning democracy. In spite of this undisputed fact, Taiwan can only be characterized as a diplomatic orphan, an outcast, shunned by the international community because of events dating back to before World War II and the fact that two regimes have for various intents and purposes claimed to represent the one true China. Different foreign policies have been employed by Taiwan to best cope with this situation.
The purpose of this thesis is, through the use of a theoretical model situated on the state and individual level, with the added assistance of a number of conducted interviews and material collected from secondary sources, to analyze the foreign policy change (FPC) that Taiwan underwent, starting in the 1980s, and discover why Taiwan decided to implement a foreign policy that would come to be known as ‗flexible diplomacy‘.},
  author       = {Hansson, Ulf},
  keyword      = {Taiwan,China,Foreign Policy Analysis,Flexible Diplomacy,One-China policy},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Inflexible to Flexible Diplomacy in Taiwan},
  year         = {2011},
}