Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2024

Friday 19 April 2024 / 09:30 - 16:40 / The number of seats at the venue is limited.

Stockholm Sjöfartshuset, Strömsalongen. Skeppsbron 10, 111 30 Stockholm. Click here for a map

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The Institute for Security and Development Policy’s Stockholm Taiwan Center is hosting the Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2024 on April 19. The forum will bring together distinguished Nordic and Taiwanese scholars and experts for discussions and an exchange of ideas around important issues of mutual interest. 

The Taiwan-Nordic Forum 2024 will consist of three sessions: 

  • Session I: Developments in Taiwan’s Relations with the Nordics. 
  • Session II: Post-Ukraine Security Environment.  
  • Session III: Taiwan’s Soft Power Prospects.   

This year’s forum takes place in Stockholm and is open to registering attendees. The number of seats at the venue is limited. RSVP here to secure your attendance today. 

When: Friday, April 19, 2024, from 9:30 AM -16:40 PM (The registration session is between 9:30 – 10:00 AM, and there will be a break during lunch time. (Complementary fika is included for all attendees). 

Where: Sjöfartshuset, Skeppsbron 10, 111 30 Stockholm, Room: Strömsalongen. 



Inaugural Session 

Opening Remarks 

Dr. Niklas Swanström, Executive Director of the Institute for Security & Development Policy (ISDP) 

Dr. Klement Ruey-Sheng Gu, Representative of Taipei Mission in Sweden 


Session I: Developments in Taiwan’s Relations with the Nordics 

10:30 – 11:50 

  • Challenges for Future Relations   
  • Emerging Avenues of Potential Collaboration   
  • Taking Stock of Nordic Countries’ Support for Taiwan’s International Participation  


Dr. Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Professor of Chinese Studies at the Department of Cultures, University of Helsinki 


Dr. Chin-Peng Chu, Vice President of National Dong Hwa University   

Dr. Andreas Bøje Forsby, Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies  

Dr. Chung-Min Tsai, Professor at the Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University 


Session II: Post-Ukraine Security Environment 

13:15 – 14:45 

  • Domestic Debates about Changing Security Environment  
  • Context of Participation in International Security Organizations  
  • Regional Dynamics and Power Shifts    


Maj Gen (ret.) Mats Engman, Head of the Stockholm Korea Center and Distinguished Military Fellow, Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP). 


Dr. Shiau-Shyang Liou, Associate Research Fellow at the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR) 

Anna Rennéus Guthrie, Director of Stockholm Freeworld Forum 

Magnus Berntsson, Member of the Swedish Parliament (Christian Democrats) 


Session III: Taiwan’s Soft Power Prospects 

15:15 – 16:20 

  • Cultural Diplomacy through Language     
  • The Potential of the Mandarin-teaching Market in the Nordics    
  • Prospects of Enhancing Taiwan’s International Participation Through Language Teaching     


Dr. Torbjörn Lodén, Professor Emeritus of Chinese Language and Culture at Stockholm University 


Dr. Jørgen Delman, Professor Emeritus of China Studies at the University of Copenhagen  

Dr. Huichen S. Hsiao, Professor at the Department of Chinese as a Second Language, National Taiwan Normal University