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Session A2
Cold War or Hot Peace: A Survey of the European Perspective on Cross-Taiwan Strait Security
Dean Karalekas
Strategic Vision, Taiwan Center for Security Studies, Taiwan

We have witnessed recently the development in European universities of a fast growing body of research focused on Taiwan Studies. In a domain where new concepts and trends are constantly being introduced, it is therefore of interest to analyze the direction taken by this literature, and a good way to accomplish this is to examine the research papers published by and for the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS). As a field of area studies, the term “Taiwan Studies” covers a great many disciplines and approaches. Of particular interest, given the unique place Taiwan inhabits politically in the region and in the world, is how researchers approach the issue of Taiwan from an international relations (IR) and security perspective. Moreover, much has likewise been written on the prospects for military conflict in the Taiwan Strait. This survey paper will examine the field of Taiwan Studies with a focus on those disciplines by examining the conference papers in EATS conferences from 2004-2018 and related publications. 
Of particular interest to this survey will be the differing European perspectives: Different research communities address this area from various points of view, and Europe is far from a unified whole. It consists of dozens of nations and even more languages, with the continent having been divided for more than half a century in the Cold War, during which time different schools of research and approaches to academic study developed. Moreover, the interest in Taiwan from one European state or research institution is bound to differ from that of another. Thus the results will be as illuminating of the state of European scholarship as it is in the interest in Taiwan itself. Having surveyed the work being done in this area, this survey paper will then offer perspectives on future research.