I understand my thoughts may be out of touch, so I was thrilled to find a TED Talk in which the speaker was as naïve as I am and, even more passionate and enthusiastic about trying to promote his idealistic solution to curb the expansion of evil powers.
Simon Anholt brought up the concept of the “Good Country Index”, which is a mean to rate nations by how much they contribute to the common good of humanity. The idea is to encourage global citizens to express their concerns about the global commons and attempt to influence our political leaders to act on our behalf when dealing with global issues.
You may still remain skeptical and critical about the whole concept, but isn’t it better to use such a yardstick to try to bring world political systems to account, rather than letting them drift and fall off a cliff?
Which Country Does the Most Good for the world? (17 mins)
The Good Country Equation (3 mins)
A Middle Path Between Strategic Ambiguity and Clarity on Taiwan
Reference Only (Optional Reading):
- American Involvement in Wars From Colonial Times to the Present
Wars From 1675 to the Present Day
https://www.thoughtco.com/american-invo ... nt-4059761
Who do people in Asia-Pacific want to win the US presidential election?
https://today.yougov.com/topics/politic ... residentia
Europe wants Joe Biden to beat Donald Trump
https://today.yougov.com/topics/interna ... beat-trump
Q1: A sick chicken in a remote village could become global pandemic. Banks overlending could bring the world economic system to its knees.
What other global issues have we been facing over the last few decades? How serious are they and why do these issues remain unresolved?
Q2: What is the “Good Country Index”? What are the purposes of GCI? What is your take on this initiative?
What is the idea of “Good, Gooder and Goodest” countries?
(Will it work as the creators expected? Is it practical or too naïve?)
Q3: According to the 2018 “Good Country” list, the US ranks 40st and China was at the bottom at 61st. Does this ranking match your own rating?
Taiwan sits between the two superpowers and has had a hard time maintaining its neutrality. Some say that to side with either one is like choosing between two evils.
Do you think if one of them could have been a “Goodest Country” (with the greatest effort toward contributing to the global commons), would it be easier for Taiwan to side with this country? Why or why not?
Session II: US Presidential Election and Its Impact on Taiwan
Q1: Between the two U.S. presidential candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump,
a) If Europeans were to vote in the U.S. election, who would win the race? Why does Europe favor this candidate?
b) If the Taiwanese were to vote, what would be the result? Why are most Taiwanese partial to this particular candidate?
Q2: How might the next U.S. President impact the future of Taiwan?
a) What do the terms “strategic ambiguity” and “strategic clarity” mean with respect to U.S. policy on Taiwan?
b) Which one do you think is likely to be enforced by the new president?
c) Which one is better or is there any middle path for Taiwan?
Q3: How likely is it that the U.S. will fulfill its implied commitment to defend Taiwan, should China Invade?
a) Take some examples after Vietnam War, such as Persian Gulf War, invasion of Afghanistan, invasion of Iraq, U.S.-led intervention in Syria, Yemen Civil War, U.S. intervention in Libya: What are the patterns and results of these wars?
b) If “history is teaching by examples” (Thucydides), then what should we learn, in general, from the U.S. military intervention history?
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9:20 ~ 9:30pm Concluding Remarks / Announcements
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