National Identity, International Image, and a Security Dilemma: The Case of Taiwan

  • Hans Stockton


Aconsiderable amount of scholarly effort has been dedicated to understanding the character and evolution of national identity on the Republic of China (ROC) or Taiwan. Most research has treated national identity as the dependent variable explained by Taiwan’s separation from the mainland, 1949 arrival of the ROC capital, economic development, and democratization process. The key exception is studies that examine the linkage between elite manipulation of national identity and Taipei’s cross-Strait policy. Less research has been devoted to developing a broader theoretical understanding of the effect of the identity debate on Taiwan’s international image and subsequent relationships.


National Identity Democratic Progressive Party Public Diplomacy Cultural Nationalism Identity Agenda 
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