The Taiwan Democracy Project supports efforts to enhance interaction between the academic and policy worlds. To that end, the project hosts diplomats, policy-makers and scholars from Taiwan for research visits of one to three months at a time. Visiting fellows are provided an office, access to Stanford research facilities, and opportunities to participate in the full range of events held at the Freeman Spogli Institute and elsewhere on campus.
Joseph Yen-ching Chao is an Executive Officer in the Department of International Cooperation and Economic Affairs. A member of Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) diplomatic corps since 2005, he previously served as a German-language interpreter for the Presidential Office, an officer in the Department of Treaty and Legal Affairs, and as a deputy secretary of Taiwan’s permanent mission to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds an LL.M. from Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg and a Doctor juris from Albert-Ludwige University, Frieberg, Germany. Dr. Chao was in residence at Stanford from May-July 2015, where his research examined Taiwan’s prospects for entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Wellington Shih is currently First Secretary on Home Assignment in MOFA’s Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. His most recent diplomatic posting was to Hungary, where he was the First Secretary of the Taipei Representative Office for six years. Prior to that, he was the Second Chief of the Department of African Affairs and held posts in the Solomon Islands and Gambia. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Tamkang University, Taiwan. Mr. Shih was in residence from June-September 2015, and his research examined recent developments in East Asian regional security.