J. Michael Cole is a Taipei-based Senior Fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute in Washington, D.C., the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Canada, and the Taiwan Studies Programme at the University of Nottingham, U.K., as well as an Associate Researcher at the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China. He is Chief Editor of Taiwan Sentinel. Prior to moving to Taiwan in 2005, he was an intelligence officer with the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) in Ottawa. He has a Master’s Degree in War Studies from the Royal Military College of Canada. Between 2014 and 2016, he was Editor in Chief of Thinking Taiwan, a commentary and analysis website run by Tsai Ing-wen’s Thinking Taiwan Foundation. He was Deputy News Editor at the Taipei Times from 2010 to 2013, and an editor between 2006-2010. His work has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asian Review, Christian Science Monitor, Jane’s Defence Weekly, Jane’s Intelligence Review, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Age, The Globe and Mail, China Brief, Lowy Interpreter, The Huffington Post, and others. His latest book, The End of the Illusion: Cross-Strait Relations Since 2016 (島嶼無戰事2︰難以迴避的價值抉擇), was published in July 2019.

Last Updated: October 6, 2019

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