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Title: When Strategies and Politics Collide: Rethinking ";Revisiting Taiwan's Defense Strategy"
Authors: 楊仕樂;Jr, William C. Vocke
Yang, Shih-Yueh;Jr, William C. Vocke
Keywords: defense strategy;porcupine strategy;Ma Ying-jeou administration;arms transfer
Date: 2009-09
Issue Date: 2016-11-18 11:15:17 (UTC+8)
Abstract: In 2008, William S. Murray published an article ”Revisiting Taiwan's Defense Strategy” calling for an army-centric ”porcupine strategy” The article gathered significant attention from the highest authorities in Taipei but was condemned roundly. This essay argues that, except for a few flaws, Murray's article is generally correct, and that the criticisms do not withstand scrutiny. Based on Taiwan's strategy up to 2008, these criticisms stem form a perception of low Taiwanese morale, but provide no solutions to the issues they raise. Taking into consideration the post-2008 developments, this essay argues that, by turning Taiwan's China policy in a more widely supportable direction, the will to fight is strengthened. The essay then provides three simple but fundamental recommendations: have a more balanced force, structure, avoid the allure of retaliation, and talk straight.
Relation: Issues & Studies,45(3),211-240
Data Type: article
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