Chairman and President-Dr. Tien Hong-mao

A Message from the Chairman of the Board, Tien Hung-mao

   The world, Asia and Taiwan are all in a state of constant change and these changes bring both opportunities and challenges. Those of us living today in this part of the world known as Taiwan must adapt to these changes, conduct comprehensive self- examination and in-depth research with new thinking, new ideas and new strategies both at the national and at the lowest grassroots levels.

   As a private think tank, the Institute of National Policy Research was instrumental to Taiwan’s rebirth. The center was created at the start of the post-martial-law era and immediately became active in promoting national development and social reconstruction. The main impetus for the change from authoritarianism came from the people of Taiwan. Our hard-won democratic system requires tireless maintenance and supervision to enable its consolidation. Thus the INPR has always approached its work from the standpoint of the Taiwanese people, collecting their ideas, stimulating their intellect and striving to represent their will. If in these past years’ active operation we have achieved some small success, the credit must be shared with those who have worked with us, especially the hundreds of outstanding intellectuals who participate with great enthusiasm and a wide range of professional expertise giving this think tank perpetual vitality.

   Openness, an essential characteristic of the nongovernmental sector, as well as being one of its most valuable resources, is the basic operating principle of INPR. We are therefore open to all who wish to debate national policies and who seek the social good. All political parties, nongovernmental organizations, academic institutions and the media are welcome to share and participate in our information, resources and activities. The results of our research are the property of the whole nation.

   The Institute for National Policy Research officially split from the Chang Yung-fa Foundation in February 1998. Following the separation, the board of directors benefited from increased participation from members of the business world, helping to further the institute’s original aims of serving the public good. The INPR always maintained its founding spirit and, as a truly private think tank, built a good reputation both at home and abroad.

   Taiwan has stood the test of transition from years of authoritarianism and the era of democratic consolidation has begun. This institute continues to participate in discussions on all aspects of democratic reform.

   Developments in cross-strait relations over the past few years have attracted widespread attention; on the one hand, cross-strait trade and commercial ties are expanding and deepening, on the other, Taiwan faces increasing political and security challenges. Occasional rises in tension affect both domestic and regional stability. The INPR is furthering research and discussion in the areas of cross-strait relations, China relations and security across the Taiwan Strait, and domestic policy relating to these issues, in the hope of helping Taiwan maintain peace and stability. When necessary, this institute enters into exchanges and dialogue with research institutions on both sides of the strait in an effort to dispel prejudice and further understanding.

Hung-mao Tien (signature)

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