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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
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January 22, 2015

The Spies Are Coming! The Spies Are Coming to Taiwan!

By J. Michael Cole
Just how bad is Taiwan's spy problem?
January 15, 2015

China’s New Flight Routes Rile Taipei

By J. Michael Cole
China has announced new commercial flight routes that run extremely close to Taiwan.

January 06, 2015

Former Taiwanese President Chen Released on Medical Bail

By J. Michael Cole
Chen Shui-bian's temporary release could further complicate Taiwanese politics in the run-up to a presidential election.

December 18, 2014

President Ma’s Honeymoon With Beijing Is Over: Implications for Taiwan

By J. Michael Cole
Ma Ying-jeou's fall from grace may lead Beijing to focus its efforts on grooming allies at the grassroots level.

November 21, 2014

Attack of the KMT Dinosaurs

By J. Michael Cole
To survive in Taiwan, the KMT needs to let go of its past.
October 29, 2014

Xi Jinping Turns the Screws on Taiwan

By J. Michael Cole
The government in Beijing is upping its pressure on Taiwan's Ma Ying-jeou as he nears the end of his presidency.

September 30, 2014

Is Xi Losing Control of China's ‘Peripheries’?

By J. Michael Cole
Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan -- they're all connected and Xi's losing control.
September 03, 2014

Inevitability and Possible Futures in the Taiwan Strait

By J. Michael Cole
Are the Taiwanese in charge of their own destiny any more?

August 27, 2014

Chinese Surveillance Aircraft Enter Taiwan's Airspace

By J. Michael Cole
On August 25, 2 separate Chinese surveillance aircraft passed through Taiwan's airspace on their way to the South China Sea.

August 22, 2014

In Iraq, ISIS is Not the United States’ Only Enemy

By J. Michael Cole
The U.S. intervention in Iraq is justified, but U.S. policy elsewhere in the region makes matters difficult.

August 13, 2014

Don’t Let Taiwan Fall Behind, But at What Cost?

By J. Michael Cole
Signing the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA) has massive costs for Taiwan.
August 08, 2014

Taiwan’s Aboriginal Culture Threatened by China

By J. Michael Cole
Rising number of Chinese tourists and ensuing pressure from local governments puts heavy pressure on Taiwan's Aborigines.

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