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Pacific Forum Affiliates in the Media

Quotes and articles by Pacific Forum affiliates

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September 17, 2020

Time: Yoshihide Suga Is Japan’s New Prime Minister. Here’s What That Means for the U.S.

Pacific Forum Adjunct Fellow Kristi Govella is quoted Time, discussing U.S.-Japan relations. Govella states that U.S.-Japan relations will remain strong even after a change in administration and emphasizes Japan’s role in maintaining stability in the region.

August 21, 2020

ThinkTech Hawaii: Pacific Forum Reaches Across the Pacific (Global Connections) 

Pacific Forum President Bob Girrier was featured on ThinkTech Hawaii’s Global Connections discussing the Pacific Forum’s role in researching, analyzing, and raising public awareness about foreign policy and security issues across the Indo-Pacific.


August 17, 2020

The Japan Times: Japan and the ‘great power competition’

Senior Advisor Brad Glosserman reflects on the rise of Asia and the evolution of relationships and interactions. Glosserman’s opinion piece in The Japan Times calls for a common conception and agreement on “great power competition.” He notes the importance of all participants committing to find and forge consensus, and believes that the Japan-US alliance should lead the way.


August 3, 2020

Daily NK: How would a Biden administration deal with North Korea?

Director for Regional Affairs Rob York‘s recent article in The Daily NK offers insight into what the North Korea policy could look like under a Biden administration.

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July 25, 2020

New York Times: As the World gets Tougher on China, Japan Tries to Thread a Needle

Adjunct fellow Kristi Govella is quoted in The New York Times, discussing Japan’s foreign policy response to increased Chinese “muscle-flexing” across the region.

July 16, 2020

Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft: The United States has legitimate nuclear concerns with China

Vice President David Santoro addresses US concerns about the evolution of China’s nuclear capabilities and examines prospects for escalation in a recent Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft publication. Santoro argues, “Yes, China has a smaller arsenal than the United States and Russia, but it is bigger than any of the other nuclear-armed states, it is growing, and Beijing refuses to articulate a level at which it would have ‘enough’ weapons.”

May 21, 2020

The Hill: Inflamed American attitudes interfere in healthy competition with China

Non-resident Kelly Fellow Elliot Silverberg co-authors a new article in The Hill. He examines the US-China relationship and policy constraints from inflamed opinion and increasing Anti-Asian prejudice in the US. He emphasizes the importance of not punishing the Chinese people for actions of the Chinese government and healthy co-existence with China.

April 24, 2020 

The Diplomat: COVID-19 Presents Opportunities for Australia-South Korea Relations

Vasey Fellow Tom Corben publishes a new article in The Diplomat. He examines the opportunities for Australia and South Korea to collaborate and shine together, given the lack of global leadership in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. Their shared experiences coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and history of middle power cooperation put Seoul and Canberra in a good position to enhance bilateral relations and collaborate on a range of initiatives in pursuit of international cooperation to address the global pandemic.


April 20, 2020 

KHON2: A former North Korean diplomat was elected to South Korean parliament. Now what?

Director for Regional Affairs Rob York comments on former North Korean diplomat, Thae Yong-ho, winning a seat in the South Korean parliament. He believes Thae’s election to an individual seat in the National Assembly won’t change ties with the U.S. or North Korea.

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April 20, 2020

Asian Survey: China’s Development Assistance in Southeast Asia: A threat to Japanese Interests?

Affiliate Fellow Raymond Yamamoto writes a new article on the Sino-Japanese rivalry in the field of development assistance. He concludes that despite the popular framing, Japan has been profiting from China’s rise as a leading development assistance provider in Southeast Asia.


April 15, 2020

Stars and Stripes: ‘Elephant walk’ on Guam served as timely US airpower demonstration, defense expert says

President Emeritus and WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies at Pacific Forum Ralph A. Cossa comments on recent elephant walk display by U.S. military forces on Guam.

April 13, 2020

CSIS China Power: Prospects for China’s Inclusion in Strategic Nuclear Talks: A Conversation with David Santoro 

Vice President and Director for Nuclear Policy David Santoro joins the latest episode of CSIS China Power Project‘s podcast to discuss the potential for China to join strategic nuclear dialogues with the U.S. and Russia.

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April 8, 2020

The New York Times: China’s Coronavirus Battle is Waning. Its Propaganda Fight Is Not. 

Pacific Forum Senior Advisor Bonnie Glaser is quoted in the New York Times. She believes the Chinese are fearful that there will be an investigation of how coronavirus started and are trying to repair early damage to China’s reputation.

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March 31, 2020

The New York Times: Why Asia’s New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World 

Pacific Forum Adjunct Fellow Kristi Govella is quoted in the New York Times. She emphasizes the importance of cooperation between countries to address the transnational global Coronavirus pandemic.


March 12, 2020

Hawaii News Now – Pacific Rim Report: How countries are responding to coronavirus outbreak

Director of Non-proliferation, Technology, and Fellowships Crystal Pryor appears on Hawaii News Now’s Pacific Rim Report to discuss Asian nations’ responses to COVID-19. She reflects on China’s latest role in the pandemic, globalization’s new phase, and implications for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.