On 16 January 2016 Taiwan held both presidential and legislative elections. The pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) conquered a majority in the national assembly. DPP candidate opposition DPP candidate Tsai Ing-wen defeated Kuomingtang candidate Eric Chu Li-Luan in a landslide victory.
Has the Sunflower Movement won? Will Taiwan push for formal independence from China? Keep the new administration maintain working economic relations as political ties go through a bumpy ride? How is Taiwanese society changing and which new social cleavages are emerging?
Abstract: North Korea is not a”normal” country. Since the war (1950-53) ended unsettled with an armistice, North Korea has been represented by the USA and its ally South Korea as an enemy of the West. Neither a part of the Soviet-led camp nor a part of the Sino-communist group, North Korea is still considered a communist dictatorship with all the negative consequences related to this kind of system and is often portrayed as the last Stalinist dictatorship.
ABSTRACT| This presentation is about crafting inter-Korean peace through democratization of North Korea andguaranteeing inter-Korean peace internationally. First, the so called “collapse theory” is questioned. Despite many predictions of collapse of North Korean regime, North Korean dictatorial regime has shown exceptional durability and survivability. Indeed, Institutionalization of dictatorship is the key to the longevity and survivability of North Korean dictatorship. Therefore, it is unrealistic to prepare the reunification based on the collapse theory of North Korean dictatorship.