The Humpty Dumpty Institute (HDI) works around the world to inform and foster dialogue amongst critical stakeholders on key global issues. We do this through our programs with the U.S. Congress and the United Nations, engaging young people, supporting cultural diplomacy, and working on humanitarian programs.
On January 30, 2024, HDI participated in a symposium hosted by The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in New York City in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Center (FPRI). The discussion focused on the implications of Taiwan’s January 13, 2024 Presidential and Legislative elections. In a widely predicted outcome, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) standard-bearer and incumbent vice president Lai Ching-te won with 40% of the vote. In the 113-seat legislature, the DPP lost its majority, falling to 51 seats, while the Kuomintang (KMT) won 52 to become the largest party in a divided parliament. A small third party, the Taiwanese People’s Party (TPP), will be a crucial swing block. President-elect Lai pledged to maintain outgoing President Tsai Ing-wen’s cross-Strait policy and close ties with the United States.
The Director of TECO New York, H.E. Ambassador James K. J. Lee, opened the discussion, which was moderated by Mr. Jacques de Lisle, Chair, Asia Program FPRI. The feature speakers were Dr. Bonnie Lin, Chair of the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and Andrew Nathan, Director-General, TECO NY Chair, Asia Program, FPRI Director.
Discussion focused on how to maintain a strong democratic Taiwan while maintaining peace and security throughout Asia.
HDI has had a long relationship with Taiwan. We have collaborated with the Government of Taiwan on humanitarian assistance programs in Sri Lanka and have brought the U.S. cultural program to Taiwan.