Between Power and Knowledge : Think Tanks in Transition

The NCCU Institute of International Relations (IIR) is pleased to announce an international conference that celebrates its 60th anniversary.

Entitled “Between Power and Knowledge: Think Tanks in Transition,” the conference is to be held on April 11-12, 2013, on the IIR campus in Taipei.

The IIR was established in April 1953 by the government of the Republic of China to advise President Chiang Kai-Shek on issues of mainland China, the Soviet Union, and international Communist movements. Over the past six decades the Institute has undergone five rounds of organizational reorientation, eventually converting itself into an academic institution specializing in China Studies and International Relations. While IIR’s institutional evolutions testify to the enduring impact of the Cold War, IIR’s current experience of functional ambiguity indicates the co-existence of contrasting institutional identities.

The conference aims to not only review IIR’s past achievements and present challenges, but also analyze the evolving roles and changing functions of think tanks in the Asia-Pacific region. In particular, conference papers critically examine how think tanks have affected the management of external relations and the development of state-society relations in individual countries. Furthermore, conference panels are to discuss how think tanks have facilitated the disciplinary development of Political Science, China Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, and the Studies of National Security.

The conference will conclude with a memorial panel in honor of three distinguished China scholars—Richard Baum, Nancy Tucker and Alan Wachman—who passed away in 2012.

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