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J. Michael Cole

J. Michael Cole (M.A. War Studies, Royal Military College of Canada) is a senior fellow at the China Policy Institute, University of Nottingham, a research associate at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC) in Taipei, and a senior officer at the Thinking Taiwan Foundation, a think tank launched by DPP Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen in 2012 that is not directly/institutionally affiliated with the DPP. He is a former analyst at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa and was a deputy news editor and journalist at the Taipei Times from 2006-2013. He is a regular columnist for The Diplomat and a contributor for Jane’s Defence Weekly and The National Interest. His work has also appeared in theWall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and the Ottawa Citizen.

You can follow him on Twitter: @jmichaelcole1.

After Young Taiwan Activist’s Suicide, Hundreds Storm Education Ministry
July 31, 2015
After Young Taiwan Activist’s Suicide, Hundreds Storm Education Ministry
Tension spikes in Taiwan as student activists flood the Ministry of Education.
After Young Taiwan Activist’s Suicide, Hundreds Storm Education Ministry
Better Get Used to it, China: Taiwan and Japan Will Get Closer
July 30, 2015
Better Get Used to it, China: Taiwan and Japan Will Get Closer
Geopolitical context and domestic sentiments mean Tokyo and Taipei are likely to draw closer together.
Better Get Used to it, China: Taiwan and Japan Will Get Closer
Taiwanese Students Occupy Education Ministry Over Textbook Controversy
July 24, 2015
Taiwanese Students Occupy Education Ministry Over Textbook Controversy
Taiwanese students are up in arms regarding recent changes to the country's history textbooks.
Taiwanese Students Occupy Education Ministry Over Textbook Controversy
Chinese PLA Simulates ‘Attack’ on Taiwan’s Presidential Office
July 22, 2015
Chinese PLA Simulates ‘Attack’ on Taiwan’s Presidential Office
Why did CCTV show footage of PLA soldiers storming a computer-generated facsimile of Taiwan's seat of government?
Chinese PLA Simulates ‘Attack’ on Taiwan’s Presidential Office
Just How Far Will Chinese Tolerate the CCP's Authoritarianism?
July 21, 2015
Just How Far Will Chinese Tolerate the CCP's Authoritarianism?
Xi Jinping's crackdown may not be tolerated forever.
Just How Far Will Chinese Tolerate the CCP's Authoritarianism?
The Strange Case of the KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu
June 23, 2015
The Strange Case of the KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu
The KMT is in a process of adjustment before the 2016 elections, but it seems to be moving in the wrong direction.
The Strange Case of the KMT’s Hung Hsiu-chu
The US Position on the ‘1992 Consensus’: Why it Matters
May 19, 2015
The US Position on the ‘1992 Consensus’: Why it Matters
Amid the discourse on Taiwan's future, it's important to be clear on the 1992 consensus.
The US Position on the ‘1992 Consensus’: Why it Matters
The Question That Is Never Asked: What Do the Taiwanese Want?
May 13, 2015
The Question That Is Never Asked: What Do the Taiwanese Want?
When debating Taiwan's fate, consider what the Taiwanese want.
The Question That Is Never Asked: What Do the Taiwanese Want?
Chu-Xi Meeting: Neither Historic Nor Groundbreaking
May 04, 2015
Chu-Xi Meeting: Neither Historic Nor Groundbreaking
Don't hold your breath for a "historic" cross-strait breakthrough.
Chu-Xi Meeting: Neither Historic Nor Groundbreaking
Taiwan’s All-Volunteer Force Pains: There’s a Way Out
April 24, 2015
Taiwan’s All-Volunteer Force Pains: There’s a Way Out
Taiwan's politics are proving ruinous for the country's national defense. Here's what needs to be done.
Taiwan’s All-Volunteer Force Pains: There’s a Way Out
Alarm Over China’s S-400 Acquisition Is Premature
April 22, 2015
Alarm Over China’s S-400 Acquisition Is Premature
The S-400 is an impressive system, but China's acquisition of the system shouldn't spark alarm just yet.
Alarm Over China’s S-400 Acquisition Is Premature
As Tsai Ing-wen Enters Taiwan’s Presidential Race, the China Challenge Looms Large
April 17, 2015
As Tsai Ing-wen Enters Taiwan’s Presidential Race, the China Challenge Looms Large
As Tsai Ing-wen gears up to run for Taiwan's presidency, she will have to wrangle with a tough problem: China.
As Tsai Ing-wen Enters Taiwan’s Presidential Race, the China Challenge Looms Large
The Great Chinese Lie About Taiwan
April 11, 2015
The Great Chinese Lie About Taiwan
Taiwan wants many things. War isn't on that list.
The Great Chinese Lie About Taiwan
US Marine F-18s Land at Taiwan Air Base, Beijing Protests
April 02, 2015
US Marine F-18s Land at Taiwan Air Base, Beijing Protests
Beijing is not happy that two U.S. F-18s conducted emergency landings in Taiwan.
US Marine F-18s Land at Taiwan Air Base, Beijing Protests
Taiwan Applies to Join AIIB Under ‘One China,’ Sparking Protests
April 01, 2015
Taiwan Applies to Join AIIB Under ‘One China,’ Sparking Protests
Taiwan applies to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, provoking protests in Taipei.
Taiwan Applies to Join AIIB Under ‘One China,’ Sparking Protests
Is Taiwan out of Vogue in Washington DC?
March 19, 2015
Is Taiwan out of Vogue in Washington DC?
Why don't we hear much about Taiwan in Washington D.C. anymore?
Is Taiwan out of Vogue in Washington DC?
Prison Hostage Situation in Taiwan Turns Deadly … and Political
February 12, 2015
Prison Hostage Situation in Taiwan Turns Deadly … and Political
A botched prison break turns into a political melodrama with a tragic conclusion.
Prison Hostage Situation in Taiwan Turns Deadly … and Political
The Spies Are Coming! The Spies Are Coming to Taiwan!
January 22, 2015
The Spies Are Coming! The Spies Are Coming to Taiwan!
Just how bad is Taiwan's spy problem?
The Spies Are Coming! The Spies Are Coming to Taiwan!
China’s New Flight Routes Rile Taipei
January 15, 2015
China’s New Flight Routes Rile Taipei
China has announced new commercial flight routes that run extremely close to Taiwan.
China’s New Flight Routes Rile Taipei
Former Taiwanese President Chen Released on Medical Bail
January 06, 2015
Former Taiwanese President Chen Released on Medical Bail
Chen Shui-bian's temporary release could further complicate Taiwanese politics in the run-up to a presidential election.
Former Taiwanese President Chen Released on Medical Bail
President Ma’s Honeymoon With Beijing Is Over: Implications for Taiwan
December 18, 2014
President Ma’s Honeymoon With Beijing Is Over: Implications for Taiwan
Ma Ying-jeou's fall from grace may lead Beijing to focus its efforts on grooming allies at the grassroots level.
President Ma’s Honeymoon With Beijing Is Over: Implications for Taiwan
Attack of the KMT Dinosaurs
November 21, 2014
Attack of the KMT Dinosaurs
To survive in Taiwan, the KMT needs to let go of its past.
Attack of the KMT Dinosaurs
Xi Jinping Turns the Screws on Taiwan
October 29, 2014
Xi Jinping Turns the Screws on Taiwan
The government in Beijing is upping its pressure on Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou as he nears the end of his presidency.
Xi Jinping Turns the Screws on Taiwan
Is Xi Losing Control of China's ‘Peripheries’?
September 30, 2014
Is Xi Losing Control of China's ‘Peripheries’?
Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan -- they're all connected and Xi's losing control.
Is Xi Losing Control of China's ‘Peripheries’?
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