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ASSOCIATION OF FOREIGN RELATIONS
   
  A Bridge for Taiwan's Global Future

Founded by diverse incumbent and former officials, entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and scholars, the Association for Foreign Relations (AFR) is Taiwan’s premier non-profit global outreach organization. AFR serves as a vital, non-partisan bridge between Taiwan’s civil and governmental organizations, not only developing existing ties between concerned parties, but also initiating new, meaningful cross-Strait relations and global partnerships.

Our Mission


Communication and empathy are the cornerstones of all healthy relations. The world has become so deeply interconnected that economics, trade, science, technology, and even cultural values are shared by multiple state and non-state actors. Dialogue and exchange have thus become more important than ever before. As a result, AFR strives to serve as a non-profit, non-partisan group which promotes Taiwan’s value and unique resources with the global community. It seeks to foster lasting relationships, both cross-Strait and beyond, to uphold the image and significance of Taiwan, ROC.

Our Objectives
 
  • Assisting the ROC government in its effort to improve international and cross-Strait cooperation as a liaison and bridge 
  • Promoting peace and stability in the Asia Pacific as the initiator of meaningful and constructive dialogue
  • Upholding the image and status of Taiwan, ROC
 
What We Do

AFR seeks to combine the resources of the public, private, and third sectors to expand and supplement Taiwan’s existing global relationships while forging new ones. AFR assists both the government and civil organizations in their efforts to develop new opportunities for external exchange and cross-Strait interaction in the broader hope of promoting durable peace and stability not only in the Asia-Pacific, but also the world. AFR facilitates and hosts new exchange opportunities including meetings, academic seminars, conferences, and formal speech events that help raise awareness about international affairs while exploring new opportunities for Taiwan’s outreach.

 
  Founding and Leadership

The Association for Foreign Relations began in late 2011. After becoming an officially registered organization, on August 27th, 2013, AFR elected its very first chair Ambassador Francisco H.L. Ou, the chair of the Overseas Investment and Development Company and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
 
Ambassador and former Deputy Secretary of the ROC National Security Council Tzen Wenhua serves as Vice President, and Ambassador Victor W.C. Hu as standing supervisor. Dr. Vincent Siew, former ROC Vice President, was invited to serve as AFR’s Honorary Chairperson, and Mr. Zhang Pingzhao, Honorary Chairperson of the ROC General Chamber of Commerce, as Honorary Vice President. Professor Kwei-Bo Huang from National Chengchi University’s Department of Diplomacy was appointed as the organization’s Secretary General (President). The formal opening of AFR was celebrated on December 4th, 2013 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Taipei.
 
To learn more about AFR’s leadership and secretariat, please use the silver tabs on the left to access individual biographies.