Assessing Defense Priorities and Challenges
NBR held a public discussion with Admiral Philip S. Davidson (ret.) on March 23, 2023, on Taiwan’s defense needs and capabilities.
Roy Kamphausen, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Admiral Philip S. Davidson (ret.), Former Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, U.S. Navy
Alison Szalwinski, Vice President of Research, The National Bureau of Asian Research
PANEL DISCUSSION AND Q&A
Rachel Bernstein, Senior Project Manager, The National Bureau of Asian Research
Kitsch Liao, Assistant Director, Atlantic Council
Tiffany Ma, BowerGroupAsia
James Schoff, Senior Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA
NBR president Roy Kamhausen delivers welcome remarks.
Alison Szalwinski moderates a fireside discussion with Admiral Philip Davidson
Admiral Davidson takes questions from the audience.
Left to right: Rachel Bernstein moderates a panel with Tiffiany Ma, Kitsch Liao, and James Schoff.
Background on the topic
As China increasingly ramps up assertive behavior in the Taiwan Strait, and the implications from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continue to reverberate around the globe, the conversations surrounding Taiwan’s defense strategy are becoming more critical than ever. Taiwan increased defense spending last year, while also initiating reforms aimed at revamping military conscription and training. Alongside these developments, U.S. bipartisan support for Taiwan’s defense has grown. This event examined Taiwan’s defense needs and explored a range of strategic options to strengthen deterrence and prepare for potential contingencies in the Taiwan Strait.