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J. Michael Cole
J. Michael Cole

He previously served as an intelligence officer at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service.

You can follow him on Twitter: @jmichaelcole1.

In Iraq, ISIS is Not the United States’ Only Enemy
August 22, 2014
In Iraq, ISIS is Not the United States’ Only Enemy
The U.S. intervention in Iraq is justified, but U.S. policy elsewhere in the region makes matters difficult.
In Iraq, ISIS is Not the United States’ Only Enemy
Don’t Let Taiwan Fall Behind, But at What Cost?
August 13, 2014
Don’t Let Taiwan Fall Behind, But at What Cost?
Signing the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA) has massive costs for Taiwan.
Don’t Let Taiwan Fall Behind, But at What Cost?
Taiwan’s Aboriginal Culture Threatened by China
August 08, 2014
Taiwan’s Aboriginal Culture Threatened by China
Rising number of Chinese tourists and ensuing pressure from local governments puts heavy pressure on Taiwan's Aborigines.
Taiwan’s Aboriginal Culture Threatened by China
To Freeze or Not to Freeze: The DPP’s ‘Independence Clause’
July 23, 2014
To Freeze or Not to Freeze: The DPP’s ‘Independence Clause’
The Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) independence clause is a non-issue and should be treated as such.
To Freeze or Not to Freeze: The DPP’s ‘Independence Clause’
Where Would Beijing Use External Distractions?
July 10, 2014
Where Would Beijing Use External Distractions?
Should the CCP find itself in dire straits, could provoking external conflicts boost its legitimacy at home?
Where Would Beijing Use External Distractions?
Was Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement Successful?
July 01, 2014
Was Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement Successful?
Did Taiwan's Sunflower Movement succeed?
Was Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement Successful?
Neutralizing Contention: A New Policy for Taiping Island and the South China Sea
June 13, 2014
Neutralizing Contention: A New Policy for Taiping Island and the South China Sea
To create space between its maritime claims and Beijing's, Taiwan should neutralize Taiping Island.
Neutralizing Contention: A New Policy for Taiping Island and the South China Sea
Beijing Rejects Taiwan’s ‘Greater One China’ Proposal
June 03, 2014
Beijing Rejects Taiwan’s ‘Greater One China’ Proposal
Mainland China continues to reject any proposal for reunification outside the "one country, two systems" framework.
Beijing Rejects Taiwan’s ‘Greater One China’ Proposal
Wake Up, Washington: All's Not Well in Taiwan
May 24, 2014
Wake Up, Washington: All's Not Well in Taiwan
Unless Washington quickly modernizes its views on current realities in the Taiwan Strait, it will be caught unprepared.
Wake Up, Washington: All's Not Well in Taiwan
Taiwan Executes 5 Death Row Inmates as Political Crisis Deepens
April 30, 2014
Taiwan Executes 5 Death Row Inmates as Political Crisis Deepens
J. Michael Cole reports from Taipei for The Diplomat.
Taiwan Executes 5 Death Row Inmates as Political Crisis Deepens
Taiwan Rocked by Anti-Nuclear Protests
April 28, 2014
Taiwan Rocked by Anti-Nuclear Protests
Anti-nuclear protesters have taken to the streets of Taipei to demand the end of atomic energy on the island.
Taiwan Rocked by Anti-Nuclear Protests
To Buy or Not to Buy? A Dilemma for Taiwan’s Navy
April 19, 2014
To Buy or Not to Buy? A Dilemma for Taiwan’s Navy
Taiwan's Navy is considering the purchase of Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. Does it really need them?
To Buy or Not to Buy? A Dilemma for Taiwan’s Navy
Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature
April 11, 2014
Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature
J. Michael Cole reports from Taipei for The Diplomat.
Sunflowers End Occupation of Taiwan’s Legislature
Say Goodbye to ‘Peaceful Unification’
April 01, 2014
Say Goodbye to ‘Peaceful Unification’
The successful occupation of the legislature shows that peaceful unification in the future is a pipe dream.
Say Goodbye to ‘Peaceful Unification’
Hundreds of Thousands Protest Against Trade Pact in Taiwan
March 31, 2014
Hundreds of Thousands Protest Against Trade Pact in Taiwan
Protests over a Taiwan-China trade pact continued, with up to 350,000 attending a rally outside the Presidential Office.
Hundreds of Thousands Protest Against Trade Pact in Taiwan
Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protesters
March 24, 2014
Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protesters
J. Michael Cole reports from Taipei for The Diplomat.
Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protesters
Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact
March 20, 2014
Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact
J. Michael Cole reports from Taipei for The Diplomat
Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact
Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?
March 19, 2014
Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?
With conscription ending and budgets limited, Taiwan may have to make do with a smaller defense force.
Is Taiwan’s Military Becoming Too Small to Fight?
Why Spy on Taiwan When Taiwan Gives Information Away for Free?
March 12, 2014
Why Spy on Taiwan When Taiwan Gives Information Away for Free?
Mainland China's attempts to spy on Taiwanese activities are being abetted by Taiwanese agents.
Why Spy on Taiwan When Taiwan Gives Information Away for Free?
US, Japan to Jointly Develop Littoral Combat Ship
March 07, 2014
US, Japan to Jointly Develop Littoral Combat Ship
The U.S. and Japan will jointly develop a littoral combat ship (LCS) for quick intervention in shallow waters.
US, Japan to Jointly Develop Littoral Combat Ship
The Return of Gangster Politics in Taiwan
February 26, 2014
The Return of Gangster Politics in Taiwan
The return to Taiwan, after 17 years in exile, of the most-wanted fugitive-turned-politician has kept things interesting.
The Return of Gangster Politics in Taiwan
The Dangers of Economic Proximity with China
February 24, 2014
The Dangers of Economic Proximity with China
In a U.S.-China trade war, Taiwan faces the risk of getting caught up in the crossfire.
The Dangers of Economic Proximity with China
Cross-Strait Talks: A Propaganda Coup for Beijing
February 15, 2014
Cross-Strait Talks: A Propaganda Coup for Beijing
The most significant result of the February 2014 cross-strait talks is just how much Beijing gained in propaganda terms.
Cross-Strait Talks: A Propaganda Coup for Beijing
Turbulence Ahead for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program?
February 06, 2014
Turbulence Ahead for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program?
The US Air Force's budget decisions have thrown a wrench in Taiwan's air force modernization program.
Turbulence Ahead for Taiwan’s F-16 Upgrade Program?
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