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Strategic Affairs Roundtable – “Ukraine Today, Taiwan Tomorrow”

About this event

    • 1 hour 30 minutes

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Date: Saturday, April 8th, 2023

Time: 10.00 AM EST (Washington D.C.) | 7:30 PM IST
(New Delhi)

Location: Online

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You are cordially invited to Strategic Affairs Roundtable 
Ukraine Today, Taiwan Tomorrow, Saturday, April 8th, 2023, 10.00 AM EST; 7:30 PM IST 

Distinguished Panelists 
Dr. Vijay Sazawal – Presentor Statement
Prof. Sen Nieh – Presentor Statement
Ambassador Pradeep Kapur 
Dr. Alan H. Yang – Presentor Statement

Dr. A. Adityanjee, President 
Council for Strategic Affairs

About the Lecture 

When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th 2022, the settled wisdom was that the war would be over within one week. Putin would thump chest once again and the Zelensky government would be toppled . However, it did not happen that way. The nationalistic fervor in Ukraine, coupled with military support from the EU and NATO countries and financial aid from the US has drained Russian resources, albeit at heavy cost of lives for both Ukraine and for Russia. Zelensky has managed to ruin his country while playing to the audience in the West. What would be the impact of this stalemate on Xi Jinping who was planning to invade Taiwan. Will Xi Jinping learn from Putin’s folly and be wiser in not invading Taiwan or will he get emboldened and make stronger plans for the eventual invasion of Taiwan. Our panel of experts will discuss varied future scenarios about possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

About the Distinguished Panelists 

Dr. Vijay Sazawal
Dr. Vijay Sazawal is a policy analyst on matters related to the South Asia, especially on Kashmir. However, in his professional capacity he worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. State Department, and the U.S. Department of Commerce on matters related to the safety upgrades of the civilian nuclear reactors in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), and extensively dealt with the Eastern European countries and their governments like in Russia, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Bulgaria. He regularly attended annual general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, and was a member of the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC) of the U.S. Government during Obama and Trump Administrations, the only Indian-American to hold such a position during that period. While professionally active, he held a “Q” security clearance from the U.S. Department of Energy, and as a project manager of a U.S. Defense Department project, held a “Secret” security clearance. Dr. Sazawal is now retired and dividing his time between his residences in Maryland and Florida.

Prof. Sen Nieh’s
Prof. Sen Nieh’s areas of research interests include Energy Systems, Combustion Engineering, Thermal Sciences, Multiphase Mechanics, and Environmental Engineering. He is a scholar and researcher, having authored/co-authored 100+ scientific research papers, 1 college textbook, 1 computer code, and 7 US/Foreign patents. He is the recipient of Lectureship Award of the United Nations, Charles Karman Teaching Excellence Award at School of Engineering/CUA, and Honorary Professorship of 6 universities in Taiwan and China. He initiated and served as the sole principal investigator of 20 government-/Industry-funded research projects with a total fund exceeding $3.5M. Being a tenured ordinary professor, he serves the fifth term (over 14 years) as the Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department and various Committees of Academic Affairs in the university. He has been an active advocate and speaker on religious freedom, human rights, and China affairs, and also a dedicated leader in community events and services.

Ambassador Pradeep Kapur
Ambassador Pradeep Kapur is author of the Amazon Best Seller Book, “Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic: Envisioning a Better World by Transforming the Future of Healthcare”; Ambassador Pradeep Kapur received the 2020 IAPC (Indo American Press Club) “Excellence in Literature” Award, and the 2020 Raymond Aaron Group “Health for All” Award for his latest book. He is an acknowledged “luminary diplomat” with a distinguished career, working closely with Heads of Governments, Heads of State, and other global leaders and policymakers in different continents of the world: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, and South America.- As an educator, he has taught at some of the most prestigious universities, including Sorbonne University, Paris; IIT Roorkee; MDI Gurugram; Georgetown University; University of Maryland College Park; and as a Visiting Scholar at the George Washington University.- Proud Alumnus of IIT Delhi, with B Tech (Electrical Engineering), and M Tech (Systems & Management Studies). Ambassador Kapur is currently working as International Strategic Adviser to Intellect Design Arena Inc.; Executive Director of “Smart Village Development Fund” at the WHEELS Global Foundation, an initiative of IIT Alumni in USA and India (supporting rural development in the areas of Water, Healthcare, Education, Energy, Livelihoods and Sustainability- with the acronym WHEELS); Director, Ambassador’s Circle, American Hindu Coalition; and Chairman, Advisory Council, He is invited regularly as a commentator on national TV channels for geo-political analysis; is the author of many articles and books; and speaks French and Spanish, besides various Indian languages.

Dr. Alan Hao Yang
Dr. Alan Hao Yang is Executive Director of Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation (TAEF). He also serves as Deputy Director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) and Executive Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) at National Chengchi University, Taiwan. CSEAS is the Secretariat of the Consortium for Southeast Asian Studies in Asia (SEASIA) since 2018. He teaches at the Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies (GIEAS) as a distinguished professor of Southeast Asia studies and offering courses related to regionalism and Sino-Southeast Asian relations. Dr. Yang engages in track II diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific. He was the Executive Secretary and Executive Director of the Secretariat of Taiwan Participatory Group to the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP Taiwan) between 2010 to 2018. Dr. Yang was awarded the SUSI Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State incapacity of visiting professor of U.S. foreign policy at the Department of Political Science, University of Florida in 2011. He was also affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University in Japan as a visiting scholar in 2015. In 2018, Dr. Yang and his team of “building Resilient Communities in Asia” was recognized as one of the AEIF awardee. As for academic services, he serves on the international editorial board of the leading international study journal International Studies Review and the Journal of Human Values. Dr. Yang has been nominated as a senior fellow of George HW Bush Foundation for US-China Relations in the United States since 2021 and a non-resident fellow of China Desk of the Reconnaissance Research in Kuwait since the July of 2021. His research interests cover ASEAN regionalism, disaster governance, border politics, and resistance politics in Southeast Asia. Dr. Yang has published more than 80 journal articles on China-ASEAN relations, international relations of Southeast Asia, security governance and disaster preparedness as well as the international political economy in the Asia-Pacific in international referred journals such as Pacific Affairs, Pacific Review, Politics and Governance, Issues & Studies, Journal of Asian Public Policy, Journal of Human Values, China Brief.

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