PacNote #12 – Pacific Forum Fellowship Opportunities

Applications are currently open for:

Since 2002, Pacific Forum has hosted over 100 resident fellows from 21 countries. Pacific Forum’s fellowship programs offer promising scholars and young professionals the opportunity to serve as researchers with Pacific Forum and develop hands-on expertise on Indo-Pacific policy issues.

Resident fellows are based in Hawaii to conduct research under the mentorship of Pacific Forum staff and to help with ongoing projects and programs. Pacific Forum is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and following the latest guidance from the Office of the Mayor, City and County of Honolulu and the State of Hawaii emergency order currently in effect.

Non-resident fellows conduct research from their home country under the mentorship of Pacific Forum staff and affiliates. Learn more about the Pacific Forum’s fellowships here: https://pacforum.org/program/fellowships.

The James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship promotes academic study, research, and professional career paths focused on Korean Peninsula studies. It recognizes the exemplary efforts of Jim Kelly to improve US-ROK relations and encourage the DPRK to denuclearize and join the international community of nations. The overall objective of the fellowship is to promote stronger US-ROK, US-DPRK, and inter-Korean relations. To apply for the Kelly Fellowship, please complete the Non-resident Kelly Fellowship online application form.

The WSD-Handa Fellowship Program was established through the generosity of the Worldwide Support for Development and Dr. Handa Haruhisha to increase East Asian, US, and European participation in Pacific Forum programs. WSD-Handa Fellows should already have some knowledge of East Asian security and economic developments and should use this fellowship as an opportunity to take a more in-depth look into these issues and offer solutions for improvement. To apply for the WSD-Handa Fellowship, please complete the Resident or Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellowship online application form.

The Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship program is named after Pacific Forum founder, the late Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey and his wife Lilian. The Vasey Fellowship affords promising scholars from outside the US the opportunity to serve as researchers at the Pacific Forum and to develop hands-on expertise on US-Asia policy issues and gain an appreciation of Indo-Pacific economic and security affairs and policymaking challenges. To apply for the Vasey Fellowship, please complete the Resident or Non-resident Vasey Fellowship online application form.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 7.  For any questions or concerns about Pacific Forum fellowship programs, please contact programs@pacforum.org.

PacNote #11 – Announcing New Staff Members at Pacific Forum

The Pacific Forum is delighted to announce three new staff members: John Hemmings, Mark Manantan, and Carol Li.

John Hemmings

Senior Director of Indo-Pacific Foreign & Security Policy and Director of Strategy and Planning

Dr. John Hemmings will join us in September as Senior Director of Indo-Pacific Affairs and Director of Strategy and Planning.

Dr. Hemmings will come from the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, where he has been a professor for the past three years. His expertise is Japan, the Korean Peninsula, and the US alliance system in the Indo-Pacific, on which he has published extensively in journals, magazines, and newspapers, as well as given expert opinions to various television and radio media.

As Senior Director of Indo-Pacific Affairs, Dr. Hemmings will explore the fluid and evolving strategic dynamics in the region, bringing clarity to current and looming competitive developments and their implications for the United States, its allies and partners, and beyond. As Director of Strategy and Planning, Dr. Hemmings will also be a part of the Pacific Forum’s leadership and management team.

“The Pacific Forum has long recognized that the Indo-Pacific is of vital importance in global affairs, and I look forward to working with regional partners and allies to foster dialogue and people-to-people relations that help strengthen regional stability and the rules-based order,” Dr. Hemmings said. An alumnus of the Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program and former Handa Fellow, he added that he is “incredibly honored” to be returning to the Forum and looks forward to working with his colleagues to build vigorous and active programs for discussing the region’s greatest challenges and developing solutions across the Forum’s impressive regional network.

 

Mark Manantan

Senior Research Fellow and Director, Cybersecurity and Critical Technologies

Mr. Mark Manantan will soon join us as Senior Research Fellow and Director for Cybersecurity and Critical Technologies.

Mr. Manantan has expertise in cybersecurity and the geopolitics and governance of technology and innovation, especially in the Indo-Pacific. He has published extensively on these issues and recently launched two reports on data and artificial intelligence: Raising Standards: Data and Artificial Intelligence in Southeast Asia, in collaboration with the Asia Society Policy Institute, and the 2022 Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in the Asia Pacific with the AI Asia Pacific Institute in Singapore.

Over the past two years, as a Pacific Forum Vasey Fellow, Mr. Manantan has been integral in launching impactful cybersecurity and technology-focused initiatives at the Forum, and has also contributed to ongoing activities in strategic trade controls in Southeast Asia and our Women, Peace, and Security focus area.

In his new role, Mr. Manantan will continue to expand Pacific Forum’s research and policy engagements through increasing collaboration with the private sector and regional institutions. He will lead the Forum’s research and institutional partnerships to implement programs on cyber capacity-building, countering influence operations, and assessing the implications of artificial intelligence and the rapid digitalization in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

Mark says, “I am beyond thrilled to see what the future holds for the newly formed Cybersecurity and Critical Technologies Program, and I am committed to its founding principles of inclusion, diversity of perspectives, and collaboration throughout the Indo-Pacific.”

 

Carol Li

Program and Publications Manager

Ms. Carol Li recently joined us as Program and Publications Manager to support implementation of Pacific Forum’s programs and assist with the Forum’s growing in-house publication portfolio.

Carol was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi and is a proud graduate of Roosevelt High School. She then went onto receive her BA in Civic Communications and Media from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.

Prior to joining Pacific Forum, Ms. Li has taught English in mainland China, Hong Kong, and the Republic of Korea, and she interned at the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. She is an alumnus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s MA in Asian International Affairs and Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution programs as well as the East-West Center’s Graduate Degree Fellowship program. During her fellowship, she led a team of interns and volunteers to organize semester long program entitled “Transformative Care: Creating Intertwined Futures Beyond the Pandemic.”

For her Master’s degree capstone, Ms. Li conducted research at the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and has published a report providing an overview of the People’s Republic of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Oceania.

Carol says, “I am truly honored to be able to engage in these important conversations and initiatives right here at home. Pacific Forum plays a key role in building bridges between people, institutions, and nations and I am excited to contribute to our efforts in fostering a more peaceful Indo-Pacific region.”

PacNote #10 – Pacific Forum Job Announcement: Program Manager

The Pacific Forum is recruiting a program manager to work in Honolulu to support its mission of stimulating dialogue and cooperation among government leaders and policy experts to craft policies that promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

Minimum qualification requirements include a bachelor’s degree; proficiency with Microsoft Office and G Suite, virtual conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom, WebEx), WordPress, Canva, Adobe software, and social media; and a willingness to travel (domestically and internationally).

Job Description:

The Program Manager provides support and assistance to Pacific Forum’s research activities and events (both in-person and virtual). The Program Manager performs clerical functions essential to Pacific Forum’s work and assists Directors in executing programs, projects, and proposals. This Program Manager position will primarily assist with execution of Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) programming in fields such as health security, cybersecurity, climate security, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, preventing and countering violent extremism, and maritime security, with a focus on the promotion of women’s participation in peace and security policy at international levels in dialogues, policies, and peace processes.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree in political science, international relations, regional studies, economics, gender and women’s studies, or a related field;
  • Strong communication skills to include speaking, writing, and editing;
  • Experience working at a non-profit research institute;
  • An intellectual interest in the Indo-Pacific; particularly Southeast Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on numerous projects concurrently;
  • Organizational and time management skills;
  • A willingness to learn new software applications;
  • The ability to produce results under deadline;
  • Attention to detail;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and adapt to changing requirements;
  • Punctuality, professionalism, and a positive attitude.

Benefits include healthcare, paid vacation, and paid holidays.

Starting salary will depend on education and experience but is expected to range from $36,000 to $48,000.  Position/salary is evaluated annually based on performance and funding availability.

Interested candidates must submit the following items:

  1. Letter of interest. The letter should explain why you are interested in applying for the position to include a brief description of your vocational goals.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. The CV should reflect your educational background, work experience, and academic interests.
  3. Contact information for two professional references.
Please send all application materials by August 10, 2022 to: pacificforum@pacforum.org

This job posting is also viewable on Indeed.

PacNote #8 – In Memoriam: Admiral Ronald J. “Zap” Zlatoper, USN (Ret.)

Pacific Forum deeply mourns the passing of Adm. Ronald J. “Zap” Zlatoper, USN (Ret.), at age 80.

The Pacific Forum has lost a valued mentor and good friend. We are deeply shocked and saddened by the passing of Adm. Ronald J. “Zap” Zlatoper, USN (Ret.), at age 80 on April 21, 2022. Zap was a long-time member of the Pacific Forum’s Board of Governors and a regular at our Honolulu International Forum roundtables, where his penetrating questions and comments were always treasured.

Admiral Zlatoper entered the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in 1959 and served as an aviator until his retirement in 1997 as Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. His commands included Attack Squadron EIGHT FIVE (VA-85), Carrier Air Wing ONE (CVW-1), Carrier Air Wing FIFTEEN (CVW-15), and Carrier Group SEVEN (CARGRU 7). He was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and 11 Air Medals. He was aboard USS Forrestal (CVA-59) during her conflagration in 1967.

Admiral Zlatoper served our nation with extraordinary distinction in three major conflicts, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and the Cold War with the Soviet Union.

He was first and foremost a warrior, flying over 150 combat missions during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm. His 4,375 flight hours included 1,031 fixed wing and 10 helicopter carrier/ship recoveries, including over 300 night traps on carriers throughout his career.

Most notably, he served as Chief of Naval Personnel and Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet before retiring in 1997.

Admiral Zlatoper was the founder of Strategic Transitions Research. He served as Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sanchez Computer Associates, Inc. He was active in numerous organizations in addition to the Pacific Forum. He served as a Trustee of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and served on the boards of Penn State University—Great Valley, the board of advisors of the School of Public Management of the George Washington University, the USS Missouri Memorial Foundation, and the Military Aviation Museum of the Pacific (now Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum). Other boards included the East-West Center, Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii—Military Affairs Council, Catholic Charities of Hawaii, and the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way. He became Trustee of the James Campbell Estate, and also served on the Dean’s Council of the University of Hawaii College of Engineering and was a regent for Chaminade University. He was also honorary consul of the Slovenia Consulate General in Hawai’i. Admiral Zlatoper will be sorely missed.

Memorial Service Information

A memorial Mass and remembrance was held at 2 p.m. HST today at the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel.

In lieu of flowers for the memorial, the Zlatoper family has requested guests make a charitable donation in honor of Admiral Zlatoper.

PacNote #7 – Pacific Forum Fellowship Opportunities

Pacific Forum is accepting Non-resident applications for the James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship, the Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship, and the WSD-Handa Fellowship. The deadline to apply is April 30.

Applications were requested for:

Since 2002, Pacific Forum has hosted over 100 resident fellows from 21 countries. Pacific Forum’s fellowship programs offer promising scholars and young professionals the opportunity to serve as researchers with Pacific Forum and develop hands-on expertise on Indo-Pacific policy issues.

Non-resident fellows conduct research from their home country under the mentorship of Pacific Forum staff and affiliates. Learn more about the Pacific Forum’s fellowships here: https://pacforum.org/program/fellowships.

The James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship promotes academic study, research, and professional career paths focused on Korean Peninsula studies. It recognizes the exemplary efforts of Jim Kelly to improve US-ROK relations and encourage the DPRK to denuclearize and join the international community of nations. The overall objective of the fellowship is to promote stronger US-ROK relations, plus stable US-DPRK and inter-Korean ties. To apply for the Kelly Fellowship, please complete the Non-resident Kelly Fellowship online application form.

The Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellowship program is named after Pacific Forum founder, the late Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey and his wife Lilian. The Vasey Fellowship affords promising scholars from outside the US the opportunity to serve as researchers at the Pacific Forum and to develop hands-on expertise on US-Asia policy issues and gain an appreciation of Indo-Pacific economic and security affairs and policymaking challenges. To apply for the Vasey Fellowship, please complete the Non-resident Vasey Fellowship online application form.

The WSD-Handa Fellowship Program was established through the generosity of the Worldwide Support for Development and Dr. Handa Haruhisha to increase East Asian, US, and European participation in Pacific Forum programs. WSD-Handa Fellows should already have some knowledge of East Asian security and economic developments and should use this fellowship as an opportunity to take a more in-depth look into these issues and offer solutions for improvement. To apply for the WSD-Handa Fellowship, please complete the Non-resident WSD-Handa Fellowship online application form.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2022. Required materials include cover letter, CV/resume, research project description, personal bio, and letter of recommendation. For any questions or concerns about Pacific Forum fellowship programs, please contact .

PacNote #6 – In Memoriam: Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, US Navy Ret.

The Pacific Forum has lost a valued mentor. We deeply regret the passing of Adm. Thomas B. Hayward, US Navy Ret., at age 97 on March 3 in Seattle. Adm. Hayward was the 21st Chief of Naval Operations from 1978 to 1982. He was, until his passing, vice-chairman of the Pacific Forum’s International Advisory Board.

With roots in California, Tom Hayward fought as a Navy aviator in Korea and Vietnam. In 1957, he competed to be one of the first seven astronauts. Fortunately—for the Navy—he was not selected. The Navy benefited from his very special kind of leadership. In the aftermath of Vietnam he became the Seventh Fleet commander, helping to restore US credibility in East Asia. As US Pacific Fleet commander in 1976 he dealt with the challenges of the transition from the draft to an all-volunteer Navy.

In 1978, Tom Hayward became Chief of Naval Operations, serving under presidents Carter and Reagan. He was one of the great leaders of the US Navy at a crucial Cold War moment, when the Soviet Union begin to deploy its “Blue Water” navy, threatening US command of the sea. As he testified before Congress, there had been insufficient recognition of the importance of this critical concept. Tom Hayward’s efforts focused on enhanced “pride and professionalism” and on the doctrine of “Maritime Superiority.” The US response was the 600-ship Navy and Pacific operations involving four aircraft carriers for the first time since World War II.

In 1974, Rear Admiral L.R. “Joe” Vasey established the Pacific Forum with Adm. Hayward’s encouragement. After Hayward’s 1982 retirement from active duty, he resided in Honolulu and participated often in the Forum’s activities. Conferences around the Pacific and East Asia are common today, even with COVID-19. But in the 1970s and 1980s, there was much less such activity. Early delegations to and from Shanghai broke ground in the opening to China. Tom Hayward was deeply involved, yet had no illusions about the challenging relationship the United States and China would always have.

Adm. Hayward was always interested in the education of America’s young people, and he worked closely for many years with leaders in online learning, well before the pandemic forced its use more broadly.

We at Pacific Forum will miss Admiral Hayward—he was always available to us, even in his later years. Well into his 90s, Tom Hayward would fly in for Pacific Forum events. His example lives on, and inspires many young Fellows and future leaders—our next generation—some of whom will follow in his footsteps.

– James A. Kelly, Chairman, Board of Directors, Pacific Forum International

PacNote #5 – Comparative Connections Readership Survey

To ensure that our publications continue to deliver timely, concise, and informative policy commentary, Pacific Forum asks that members of its network complete a Comparative Connections Readership Survey.

Responses from our global network of policy practitioners, academics, and next-generation leaders will help us further develop Comparative Connections, a triannual e-journal of bilateral relations in the Indo-Pacific available at cc.pacforum.org, such that it remains a powerful resource for its distinguished audience.

The survey can be accessed here. We kindly ask that feedback be submitted no later than March 22, 2022.

If you are a regular reader of Comparative Connections and are interested in providing a testimonial on how the publication has been valuable to your work, please click here.

PacNote #4 – Pacific Forum is recruiting a senior program director in Indo-Pacific Foreign and Security Policy

The Pacific Forum is seeking a senior program director to advance our efforts to promote a better understanding of foreign policy and security issues in the Indo-Pacific region through research, publication, public outreach, and discussions. The deadline to apply is March 11, 2022.

The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and demonstrated experience in policy analysis, an established network in the Indo-Pacific security and foreign policy community, a relevant publication record, strong organizational skills, an entrepreneurial and team-player spirit, a PhD or equivalent experience, a willingness to engage in extensive travel in the United States and abroad, English language fluency with proficiency in at least one Asian language, and the legal right to work in the United States. A demonstrated ability to attract funding for research or program activities is a strongly desired attribute.

This is a perfect opportunity for a motivated researcher interested in building on a record of success and developing their own programs in a leading, growing, and extremely active think tank focused on Indo-Pacific security and foreign policy.

Applicants should have competence in one or several of the following areas: strategic competition with China; US alliances, partnerships, and Indo-Pacific security architecture; or nontraditional security threats in the Indo-Pacific. They should also have a broad familiarity with policy issues shaping relationships between countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

 
Responsibilities:

This position’s duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Conducting policy-oriented research and analysis on security and foreign policy issues;
  • Publishing research findings in articles, book chapters, and other publications;
  • Presenting research results at relevant conferences and workshops in the United States and abroad;
  • Directing and administering the Pacific Forum’s existing programs;
  • Managing the execution of events in the United States and abroad;
  • Developing funding proposals for existing Pacific Forum programs and initiating new proposals based on topical interest;
  • Drafting, proofreading, and editing written material; and
  • Mentoring Pacific Forum fellows, research interns, “Young Leaders,” and junior staff – developing the next generation of Indo-Pacific security specialists is a major focus of Pacific Forum.
Interested candidates MUST submit the following items:

1. Letter of interest. The letter (1,000 to 2,500 words) should explain your interest in applying for the position and include a brief description of your vocational goals and intended areas of work at Pacific Forum, to include potential funding sources.
2. Curriculum vitae. The CV should reflect your educational background, grants and fellowships awarded, work experience, and publication record.
3. References. A letter of recommendation plus the names and contact information of three professional references.
4. Salary expectations. The applicant should indicate his/her salary expectations in the application package. Please do not say “Negotiable.”

The Pacific Forum appreciates diversity and welcomes its benefits. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

Please send application materials by March 11, 2022 to pacificforum@pacforum.org

About the Pacific Forum:

Founded in 1975, the Pacific Forum is a non-profit, foreign policy research institute based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Forum’s programs encompass current and emerging political, security, economic, and business issues and works to help stimulate cooperative policies in the Indo-Pacific through analysis and dialogue undertaken with the region’s leaders in the academic, government, and corporate areas.

The Forum collaborates with a network of more than 30 research institutes around the Pacific Rim, drawing on Indo-Pacific perspectives and disseminating its projects’ findings and recommendations to opinion leaders, governments, and publics throughout the region. We regularly cosponsor conferences with institutes throughout the Indo-Pacific to facilitate nongovernmental institution building as well as to foster cross-fertilization of ideas.

For more information: www.pacforum.org

 

PacNote #3 – Pacific Forum Job Announcement: Program & Publications Manager

The Pacific Forum is recruiting a program and publications manager to work in Honolulu to support its mission of stimulating dialogue and cooperation among government leaders and policy experts to craft policies that promote peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific.

Minimum qualification requirements include a bachelor’s degree; proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe applications (including InDesign and Acrobat), and social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram); and a willingness to travel (domestically and internationally) if and when travel becomes possible.

Job Description:

The Program / Publications Manager provides support and assistance to Pacific Forum’s 1) fellowship and internship programs, 2) in-house publications, and 3) events (both in-person and virtual). The Program / Publications Manager performs clerical functions essential to Pacific Forum’s work and assists Directors in executing programs, projects, and proposals.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A master’s degree in political science, international relations, regional studies, economics or a related field;
  • Experience in publication and material design and layout;
  • Vision to grow and improve Pacific Forum’s publications;
  • Strong communication skills to include speaking, writing, and editing;
  • An intellectual interest in the Indo-Pacific;
  • Experience working at a non-profit research institute;
  • Demonstrated ability to work on numerous projects concurrently;
  • Organizational and time management skills;
  • The ability to produce results under deadline;
  • Attention to detail;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and adapt to changing requirements;
  • Punctuality, professionalism, and a positive attitude.

Benefits include healthcare, paid vacation, and paid holidays. Starting salary will depend on education and experience but is expected to range from $40,000 to $50,000.  Position/Salary is evaluated annually based on performance.

Interested candidates must submit the following items:

  1. Letter of interest. The letter should explain why you are interested in applying for the position to include a brief description of your vocational goals.
  2. Curriculum Vitae. The CV should reflect your educational background, work experience, and academic interests.
  3. Contact information for two professional references.
Please send all application materials by Feb. 4, 2022 to: pacificforum@pacforum.org.

This job posting is also viewable on Indeed.