Wen-Ti Sung is a lecturer in the ANU Taiwan Studies Program, with particular expertise in Chinese elite politics and foreign policy, Taiwan-China-United States trilateral relations, and the academia-media-foreign policy formation nexus in the Indo-Pacific region.
His dissertation, “Influencing American foreign policy towards Greater China: the role of epistemic community and foreign policy thinktanks”, examines the policy influence of foreign policy thinktanks in shaping American foreign policy towards China and Taiwan. Based on elite interviews and content analysis, it explains how media engagement, the revolving door, and track II (semi-official) interactions help facilitate the formation of US policy during successive post-Cold War American administrations.
He has held prestigious fellowships from Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, East-West Center’s Asia Studies Fellowship, Australian Parliament’s inaugural Summer Research Scholarship, the CIW’s visiting fellowship, the ANU’s Public Policy Professional Development Scholarship, among others.
A regular on the thinktank and media scenes, Wen-Ti has served as an expert commentator for international media outlets such as Newsweek, Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast, ABC Australia, BBC Chinese, SBS radio, Golden TV, TVBS, and others. He is currently a columnist for three publications: The Liberty Times, Yahoo News Taiwan, and Up Media, mostly writing on Chinese, Taiwanese, and American politics as well as the US-China-Taiwan trilateral relations.