Last week in Taiwan's “nine-in-one” elections citizens selected candidates for a slew of municipal and local offices. Many campaigns focused on local issues; however, interested observers endeavor to draw larger implications for the 2016 presidential and legislative elections.

Two renowned Taiwan experts, Alan Romberg and Steven Goldstein, gave their take on the election outcomes and what they may mean for island-wide elections for the presidency and Legislative Yuan (legislature) of the Republic of China in 2016. Carnegie’s Douglas H. Paal moderated.

Steven Goldstein

Steven Goldstein is the Sophia Smith professor of government at Smith College. His current research focus is on the relations between the mainland and Taiwan as well as the evolution of U.S.-Taiwan relations.

Alan Romberg

Alan Romberg is distinguished fellow and the director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center. Before joining Stimson he served for 27 years in the U.S. Department of State, with over 20 years as a Foreign Service officer. 

Douglas H. Paal

Douglas H. Paal is vice president for studies and director of the Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He previously served as vice chairman of JPMorgan Chase International and as unofficial U.S. representative to Taiwan as director of the American Institute in Taiwan.