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J. Michael Cole

J. Michael Cole

J. Michael Cole is editor in chief of Taiwan Sentinel as well as a Taipei-based Senior Fellow with the China Policy Institute/Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, UK

J. Michael Cole is editor in chief of Taiwan Sentinel as well as a Taipei-based Senior Fellow with the China Policy Institute/Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, UK and associate researcher with the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC). He was chief editor of, a site sponsored by a foundation created by current Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, from 2014-16, and deputy news editor at the Taipei Times from 2010-13. He is a former analyst at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa and has a Master’s Degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. He is a regular columnist for The Diplomat, The National Interest, and a contributor for Jane’s Defence Weekly. His work has also appeared in several international outlets including the Wall Street Journal, the Globe and Mail, the Christian Science Monitor, the Age, the Brookings Institution, and CNN. His latest book, Convergence or Conflict in the Taiwan Strait, was published by Routledge in 2016.
You can follow him on Twitter: @jmichaelcole1.
Posts by J. Michael Cole
May 17, 2018

Does China Have a ‘Blacklist’ of Taiwan ‘Separatists’?

By J. Michael Cole
Even if the blacklist doesn't currently exist, China's habit of extraterritorial abductions makes it all too plausible.

April 28, 2018

J. Michael Cole on Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific Concept

By J. Michael Cole
How does Taiwan fit into the free and open Indo-Pacific?
December 09, 2016

The Tsai-Trump Call: The Dynamics in Taiwan

By J. Michael Cole
Most analysis of the call overlooks a crucial component: Tsai's own calculations and the domestic reaction on Taiwan.

April 12, 2016

China ‘Abducts’ Taiwanese in Kenya

By J. Michael Cole
The forced deportation of Taiwanese citizens to China sparks fears about extraterritoriality.

September 23, 2015

Chinese Propaganda: Coming Soon to a Conference Near You

By J. Michael Cole
Chinese propaganda efforts know no bounds.

August 13, 2015

Taiwan Unveils New Long-Endurance Drone, New Weapons at Defense Trade Show

By J. Michael Cole
Taiwan showcases new weapons systems, including an indigenously produced long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle
August 06, 2015

Two Myths About Taiwan’s DPP That Need to Be Laid to Rest

By J. Michael Cole
The DPP will not ruin cross-strait relations, and it isn't manipulating popular protests from behind the scenes.

July 31, 2015

After Young Taiwan Activist’s Suicide, Hundreds Storm Education Ministry

By J. Michael Cole
Tension spikes in Taiwan as student activists flood the Ministry of Education.

July 30, 2015

Better Get Used to it, China: Taiwan and Japan Will Get Closer

By J. Michael Cole
Geopolitical context and domestic sentiments mean Tokyo and Taipei are likely to draw closer together.

July 24, 2015

Taiwanese Students Occupy Education Ministry Over Textbook Controversy

By J. Michael Cole
Taiwanese students are up in arms regarding recent changes to the country's history textbooks.

July 22, 2015

Chinese PLA Simulates ‘Attack’ on Taiwan’s Presidential Office

By J. Michael Cole
Why did CCTV show footage of PLA soldiers storming a computer-generated facsimile of Taiwan's seat of government?
July 21, 2015

Just How Far Will Chinese Tolerate the CCP's Authoritarianism?

By J. Michael Cole
Xi Jinping's crackdown may not be tolerated forever.

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