Former Dean Joseph S. Nye, Jr. of Harvard Kennedy School and Taiwanese Foreign Minister Hung-mao Tien signed an agreement in July of 2001 establishing the HKS-Taiwan Leadership Program. Over the course of five years, the program offered a unique opportunity for collaboration between Harvard Kennedy School and Taiwanâ€™s current and emerging leaders.
As part of Asia Programs, the Taiwan Leadership Program supported dozens of Taiwanese government leaders and top scholars to participate in various residential executive education programs at HKS. Institutional exchanges between Harvard faculty and Taiwanâ€™s political and academic leadership and annual workshops and conferences produced two books on Taiwanâ€™s trade relations and domestic politics: Economic Reform and Cross-Strait Relations (2007) and Presidential Politics in Taiwan: The Administration of Chen Shui-bian (2008).
In its current form, the program supports a small number of government officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to attend executive programs on international issues, as well as workshops and conferences on an ad hoc basis such as the 30-year anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act in 2009.