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Commentaries by Dennis V. Hickey

Dennis V. Hickey

James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science, Missouri State University

Dennis V. Hickey is Distinguished Professor and the James F. Morris Endowed Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University. He is the author of numerous books and articles on Taiwan’s security. The opinions expressed in this essay are the author’s own and do not reflect the views of Missouri State University, the state of Missouri or the United States government.
  • Nov 06 , 2019

    History shows that when necessary, Washington will sacrifice Taiwan’s interests in order to achieve US foreign policy goals. Today, Taiwan might find itself as collateral damage in the US-China trade war.

  • Aug 28 , 2018

    Clearly, it is time for some “new thinking” in Taipei. Otherwise, Tsai’s “combat ready” diplomats may eventually have no battles to fight.

  • May 04 , 2018

    For Americans, Taiwan’s defense equation is important. The U.S. does not have an “iron-clad” commitment to defend Taiwan. As President Jimmy Carter once observed, however, the Taiwan Relations Act provides a U.S. president with an option to go to war to protect the island. Indeed, America is Taiwan’s only potential security partner in a conflict with the Chinese mainland.

  • Jan 29 , 2018

    On Jan. 9, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Taiwan Travel Act (H.R. 535) by voice vote. This bill ought to die in the Senate: it is frivolous, unnecessary, and provocative. Here’s why.

  • Jan 23 , 2017

    A peace pact will yield numerous dividends for both sides and promote peace and stability in the Western Pacific, which is why politicians in Beijing and Taipei ought to listen to the people.

  • Dec 13 , 2016

    What does Donald Trump’s victory mean for Sino-American relations? With no experience in government, Trump is unique among all past American presidents. It also means the new president has no political background by which the Chinese can predict his behavior. Trump will come to the White House with a “clean slate” with respect to official “China policy.”

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