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HSC Deputy Director comments on Taiwan’s new submarine

October 1, 2023

HSC Deputy Director Dr Rowan Allport has had a comment piece on Taiwan’s unveiling of its new first Hai Kun-class submarine published in The Diplomat. In it, he examines how the type will contribute to the defense of the Republic of China and where it sits in relation to the island’s attempts to adopt an asymmetric strategy for defeating a Chinese invasion attempt.

The full article can be read here.

Image: The future ROCS Hai-Kun at its unveiling on September 28, 2023 (Source: Official Photo by Wang Yu Ching / Office of the President / CC BY-SA 2.0 DEED)

About Rowan Allport

Dr Rowan Allport is a Deputy Director who leads the HSC's Security and Defence team. Rowan holds a PhD in Politics and a MA in Conflict, Governance and Development from the University of York, as well as a BA (Hons) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Hull. Specialising in strategic analysis and international security, Rowan's primary areas of interest lie in the defence issues in and around the NATO region, interstate conflict and US foreign policy discourse. He is also the lead author of HSC's recent ‘Fire and Ice: A New Maritime Strategy for NATO’s Northern Flank’ report. Rowan's publication credits include articles and commentary in Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The Hill, DefenseOne, RealClearDefense, The Strategist, UK Defence Journal, Politics.co.uk and The National Interest. He has previously worked as a lobbyist for the Whitehouse Consultancy in Westminster, and as a Senior Analyst for RAND Europe's Security, Defence and Infrastructure team.