On Saturday, February 11, 2012, the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies held a seminar sponsored by Taiwan Foundation for Democracy at Casa Bacardi/University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida.
Dr. Jaime Suchlicki, Director, ICCAS and Ray H.W. Mou, Director General, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Miami gave the opening remarks.
Several videos of the Cuba seminar highlight each speaker’s presentation.
Carlos Alberto Montaner offers seven lessons the Cubans can learn from Taiwan. Can the Taiwanese model be useful for Cuba?
Panel I – Taiwan as a Political Model
Pedro Roig, Esq. - Moderator
Dr. Yuang-Kuang Kao – Democratization-Taiwan Can: Why China Can’t?
Dr. Chung-li Wu – The Organizational Trajectory of the Kuomintang’s Party Nature in Taiwan
Carlos Alberto Montaner – Is the Taiwan Model Good for Cuba?
Panel II – Taiwan as an Economic Model
Dr. Jose Azel - Moderator
Dr. Hans H. Tung – Private Investment and Credible Commitment in the Developing World: A Historical Comparison Across the Taiwan Strait
Dr. Yih-chyi Chuang – Economic Liberalization in Taiwan: Past, Present and Future
Dr. Jorge Salazar Carrillo – The Taiwan Economic Miracle & Cuba
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen gives the best summary and comparison of Taiwan’s past and present to Cuba’s potential future.
Dr. Jose Azel is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies (ICCAS), University of Miami. He was one of the founders of Pediatrix Medical Group, the nation’s leading provider of pediatric specialty services. He co-founded Children’s Center for Development Behavior. Dr. Azel was an Adjunct Professor of International Business at the School of Business Administration, Department of Management, University of Miami. Azel holds a Ph.D. in International Affairs from the University of Miami.
Dr. Yih-chyi Chuang is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Economics and the Dean of College of Social Sciences at National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Chicago. He was assistant research fellow at the Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, from 1993 to 1994 and since August 1994 has taught at National Chengchi University, where he served as an associate professor at the Department of Economics from 1994 to 1998 and Chairman in 2010-2011. He was a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, USA, in 1999 and Fulbright Scholar at Fairbank Center for East Asian Research of Harvard University in 2003.
Dr. Teh-fu Huang, is the President, Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, Taiwan; Professor, Department of Social and Public Affairs, Taipei Municipal University of Education, Taiwan and Director, Center for Public Opinion and Public Policy, Taipei Municipal University of Education, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. of Political Science, Northwestern University, U.S.
Dr. Yuang-Kuang Kao, Minister without Portfolio (political appointed by the President), Examination Yuan. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from National Chengchi University. He is the Director of the Research Center of National Defense, National Chengchi University. He was Chairman of Executive Yuan Referendum Review Committee (2007-2009); Dean of College of Social Sciences, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (2005-2009) and Director of the Research Center of Taiwan Studies, National Chengchi University (2005-2010).
Dr. Jonathan Lin is the director of International Cooperation Department of Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, he also teaches at National Taipei University of Technology as an adjunct assistant professor. Dr. Lin graduated from University of La Verne as a Doctor in Public Administration, who specializes in maritime transportation policy.
Carlos Alberto Montaner, a writer and journalist, has lived in Madrid since 1970. Montaner has been a university professor in various institutions in Latin America, the United States and Spain. Dozens of newspapers in Latin America, Spain and the United States have published his weekly column for the past 40 years. Montaner received the Tolerance Prize awarded by the Comunidad de Madrid in 2007. In 2010 he was awarded the “Juan de Mariana for a life dedicated to the defense of freedom”. In 2009 the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa.
Pedro Roig, Esq. is Senior Consultant at the Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies. Dr. Roig has taught Cuban history courses at various institutions. Former director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) – Radio & TV Marti. Roig has been an active member of the Florida Bar for several years working with Burton Young at Young, Berman and Karpf, Esq. and on his own law firm. He holds a Masters of Arts degree from University of Miami and a Juris Doctor Degree from St. Thomas University. He has written several books including “The Death of a Dream: A History of Cuba” and “Marti: The Cuban Struggle for Freedom.” He is a veteran of the Brigade 2506.
Dr. Jorge Salazar Carrillo is Full Professor of Economics and Director of the Center of Economic Research at Florida International University. Dr. Salazar-Carrillo holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. His fields of expertise include international economics and economic development. He has edited and authored over a hundred articles and book chapters, and over sixty books. Some of his publications include Macroeconomics with Study Guide (2008); Study Guide to Accompany Microeconomics (2006); Microeconomics (2005); Oil and Development of Venezuela during the 20th Century, London, Prager,(2004). Currently his research interests concern the recent economics of Asia and Latin America (including Cuba) and U.S. macro and microeconomics.
Dr. Jaime Suchlicki is Director, Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies, and Emilio Bacardi Moreau Professor of History at the University of Miami. He is also editor of “Cuban Affairs,” a quarterly electronic journal published by ICCAS, and the author of Cuba: From Columbus to Castro; Mexico: From Montezuma to the Rise of PAN; and of the recently published Breve Historia de Cuba. Dr. Suchlicki is a highly regarded consultant to the public and private sector in the U.S.
Dr. Hans H. Tung is an assistant professor in the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies at National Chengchi University. He received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 2011. His broader research interests include domestic sources of China’s foreign economic policymaking, regional and global repercussions of China’s rise, and, more generally, political economic models for understanding economic policymaking in authoritarian regimes.
Dr. Chung-li Wu is Research Fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Orleans (May 1997). His research interests focus on American politics (political institutions), urban and minority politics, comparative politics, and international relations. He is am the author of articles published in such academic journals as Party Politics, The China Quarterly, Parliamentary Affairs, Journal of Black Studies, Asian Survey, Issues & Studies, International
Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Japanese Journal of Political Science, Southeastern Political Review, American Review of Politics and several others.