Dr. Nur Shahadah Jamil

2017 Taiwan Fellowship Program, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), National Chengchi University 

Dr. Nur Shahadah Jamil was among a few other Malaysian scholars that were selected as  recipients of the MOFA Taiwan Fellowship Program in 2017. The MOFA Taiwan Fellowships by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Republic of China (ROC) awards experts and scholars interested in research related to Taiwan, cross-strait relations, Asia-Pacific region and Sinology to conduct advanced research at universities or academic institutions in Taiwan.

Based in Institute of International Relations (IIR), National Chengchi University
(NCCU), Dr. Shahadah has conducted a four-month research on “Evolution in China’s South China Sea Policy Process: Pattern and Manifestation of Pluralization”. Her research suggests that the changing patterns of pluralization in China’s SCS policy process is a product of complex interactions between the structural factors – i.e. the systemic pressure of inter-great power dynamics, alongside the window of China’s increasing relative power vis-à-vis the United States – and domestic political priority of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) concerning its regime survival and legitimation, which can be detailed down to performance legitimation, nationalist legitimation and charismatic legitimation. The current Xi administration’s SCS policy is coined as guided decentralization, in that while more sub-national and sub-state actors are involved in the policy formulation and implementation stages over multiple domains, their involvements have been guided, channeled and constrained by a top-down imperative of elite authority-consolidation centered on Xi’s priority to strike a balance across CCP’s triple sources of legitimation.

Besides focusing on her own research, Dr. Shahadah has also utilized her stay
in Taipei by actively participating and attending various activities such as conferences, workshops and public lectures held in the city. Among these activities include: 2017 South China Sea Conference held in Chang Yung-Fa International Convention Centre on 1stJune 2017; Workshop on Strategizing Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy: Prospects and Challenge held in IIR, NCCU on 14thJune 2017 and many others. Dr. Shahadah on 10thAugust 2017 has also delivered a public lecture in IIR, NCCU regarding her research as a perfect ending for her four-month fellowship program in Taipei, Taiwan.