PacNote #1 – Announcing New Adjunct Fellows at Pacific Forum

As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering high-quality analysis and programming across the Indo-Pacific region, Pacific Forum is delighted to announce three new adjunct fellows: Elizabeth Freund Larus, Alexander Neill, and Michael Walsh.

Each of these three adjunct fellows greatly expand our expertise on subjects crucial to the future of the region as a whole, including cross-straits relations, China’s foreign relations, and the Pacific Islands.


Elizabeth Freund Larus

Adjunct Fellow

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Ph.D., joins Pacific Forum International as Adjunct Fellow. She is Founder and President of E Larus Consulting LLC, and Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. A Fulbright Scholar and Taiwan Fellow, she specializes in East Asian political, economic, and security dynamics. Dr. Larus draws on more than 30 years of experience with the Asia-Pacific. She is author of the books Politics and Society in Contemporary China and Economic Reform in China, as well as dozens of book chapters, articles and online commentary on Chinese politics, Taiwan politics, China-Taiwan relations, US in Asia, and security dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. She regularly contributes her insight to international media outlets, such as the Financial TimesFortune magazine, CNBC, BBC, WION (India), Channel NewsAsia, and Indus News.


Alexander Neill

Adjunct Fellow

Alexander Neill joins Pacific Forum International as Adjunct Fellow. He has devoted his career to examining the impact of China on the global stage. Through his work for government agencies and think-tanks, he has fostered deep links with the strategic community across the Indo-Pacific region. After graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, Alexander Neill worked for the British and US governments in his early career. As a Chinese linguist and expert, he has published on Asian security issues and developed a keen grasp of geopolitics and security concerns in Asia. In 2005, he joined the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London as Head of the Asia Programme. There, his focus was to develop research on British security policy in Asia, including by coordinating “track two” projects in Asia and high-level dialogues in Beijing, Delhi, Pyongyang, Taipei, and Tokyo. He joined the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Singapore in 2013 as Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia Pacific Security. He was responsible for delivering the summit agenda and research projects focusing on Asia-Pacific security issues, particularly on China and its relationships in the region.


Michael Walsh

Adjunct Senior Fellow

Michael Walsh joins Pacific Forum International as Adjunct Senior Fellow. He also is the President of the Islands Society and an Affiliate of the Center for Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Studies at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Prior to these roles, he served as the Chair of the Asia-Pacific Security Affairs Subcommittee on the Biden Defense Working Group during the 2020 Presidential Campaign. He is a subject matter expert on: Asia-Pacific Security Affairs; Democracy-Security Dilemmas; Strategies, Policies, Plans, and Concepts. His research tends to focus on the following regions: East Asia; Pacific Islands; Southeast Asia; Subsaharan Africa. And, his current research makes use of the following frameworks and methodologies: Delphi Method; Dotmocracy; Logic Models; Policy Analysis; Social Facts; Strategic Planning; Thematic Analysis. He regularly advises government, bureaucracy, and think tanks on defense, democracy, development, and diplomacy. He also is an opinion contributor to the Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMarianas VarietyPacific Island TimesTaipei Times, and The Hill newspapers.

PacNote #14 – Giving thanks after a productive 2022

Pacific Forum thanks all its supporters in the United States, in Asia and the Pacific, and around the world as 2022 comes to a close.

After nearly three years of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic Pacific Forum’s staff and leadership continued their work, hosting more than 20 events locally, virtually, and internationally, continuing in the implementation of Track 1.5/Track 2 dialogues, and publishing timely original research, edited volumes, and commentary. In 2022, as the Indo-Pacific security community was rocked by events with little recent precedent—Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the assassination of long-serving Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit—Pacific Forum’s extensive network demonstrated its value, providing timely, prompt commentary on these events from angles that challenged conventional narratives.

Furthermore, Pacific Forum remains committed to mentoring emerging voices in foreisgn policy professionals through the Young Leaders Program, Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership (APAL) Program, and our fellowship opportunities. Through these programs, we continue to provide the next generation of diplomats, policymakers, academics, and other professionals with the analytical skills, research perspectives, and guidance needed to contribute to the development of practical policy solutions.

We remain heartened by the support of our international network who share in our goals of promoting innovation, dialogue, and security across the Indo-Pacific.

Below you will find examples of our timely research and commentary from the past year. Links to more than 80 online publications have been included for your reference, and recordings from a host of timely webinars conducted in partnership with institutions across the Indo-Pacific can be accessed on our YouTube channel. More detail on our programs in 2022 may be accessed via our calendar of events.

Looking ahead to 2023, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and to subscribe to our mailing list, to receive the latest updates from the organization in the coming year.

We look forward to engaging with you and continuing our work. Happy New Year and Mahalo!


  1. The limits of a securitized Japanese FOIP Vision by Stephen Nagy
  2. Balancing accessibility and quality in Blue Dot Network infrastructure finance by John Taishu Pitt
  3. Abe was key to the Indo-Pacific’s evolution by Brad Glosserman
  4. Comparative Connections Summary: January 2022
  5. AUKUS’ opportunities and risks for India by Manpreet Sethi
  6. What happens in Ukraine will not stay in Ukraine by Sergiy Korsunsky
  7. China’s growing confidence in drone warfare by Loro Horta
  8. Back to the past: The significance of Russia and China’s joint statement by Yu Bin
  9. Biden struggles as China advances in Southeast Asia by Robert Sutter
  10. Is the US capable of shaping a rules-based international order?’ by Robert A. Manning
  11. Nuclear submarines for our Pacific allies: When to say yes by Henry Sokolski
  12. Ukraine: China’s latest strategic blunder by Ralph A. Cossa
  13. What the Indo-Pacific sees in Ukraine by Stephen Nagy
  14. What the war in Ukraine means for Taiwan by Denny Roy
  15. Ukraine: A turning point in Japanese foreign policy? by Kristi Govella
  16. South Korea’s presidential election aftermath: Ukraine as test for a “global pivotal state” by Mason Richey
  17. Ukraine: After invasion, what? by David Santoro
  18. Ukraine and the decoupling of space cooperation with Russia by Philip Citowicki
  19. Myanmar: Words like “genocide” have consequences by David I. Steinberg
  20. After Ukraine – Enacting a realistic Japanese diplomatic security policy by Hideshi Futori
  21. India’s strategic autonomy: A lesson for Japan by Tomoko Kiyota
  22. Feminist foreign policy and Ukraine: For now, Japan leads the way by Hannah Cole, Maryruth Belsey-Priebe and Tevvi Bullock
  23. May is a major opportunity for US relations with Asia—especially economically by James A. Kelly
  24. Why it’s so hard to quit Chinese steel by Akash Sahu
  25. A Black Sea humanitarian food corridor to Odessa by Charles E. Morrison
  26. Why South Koreans see little difference in Biden’s North Korea policy by Timothy S. Rich, Ian Milden and Mallory Hardesty
  27. What Yoon Suk Yeol’s election means for minority rights in South Korea by Eun A Jo
  28. Comparative Connections Summary: May 2022
  29. Hints of a new North Korea nuclear strategy by Brad Glosserman
  30. Australia’s election: Quad continuity and climate alignment, with nuclear disagreements by Graeme Dobell
  31. Should the United States acknowledge mutual vulnerability with China? by David Santoro
  32. Scholarships in the Pacific Islands are an urgent US national security issue by Kimery Lynch
  33. China cannot hinder international navigation through Taiwan Strait by Tran Đinh Hoanh
  34. Why ASEAN should heed the distant tolling of bells by Patrick O’Connor
  35. Abe Shinzo and the Japan-South Korea relationship: Near- and long-term legacies by Jada Fraser
  36. Post-Abe Indo-Pacific regional dynamics: A legacy beyond the man by Stephen Nagy
  37. Abe’s death creates a void in Japan by Brad Glosserman
  38. China’s “containment” policy against America by Denny Roy
  39. Abe Shinzo’s legacy in Southeast Asia by Kei Koga
  40. Abe Shinzo: How to handle an unpredictable America by Rob York
  41. Another “hotline” with China isn’t the answer by Lyle J. Morris and Colonel Kyle Macrum
  42. Their money our way: Influencing highly capable allies and partners by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Kim
  43. Post-Abe India-Japan ties: Does Kishida have what it takes? by Jagannath Panda
  44. “Hybrid multilateralism” and the Yoon pursuit of middle power strategy by Shin-wha Lee
  45. The prescience of Abe’s vision for Taiwan by Shihoko Goto
  46. Correcting the Narrative on China’s “New Era-gance”: Taipei, Washington, and many are angry at Beijing’s bullying by Shirley Kan
  47. Time for difficult choices on Myanmar by Gregory B. Poling
  48. Are small modular reactors the solution to growing energy and climate problems? by David Santoro
  49. Continued evolutions in the regional architecture of the Indo-Pacific by Thomas Wilkins
  50. China’s new (old) Taiwan white paper: What’s the point? by Jake Steiner
  51. Five years after the Rohingya exodus, no significant development by Mufassir Rashid
  52. The first year of Japan’s Digital Agency: In pursuit of coherence and identity by Raymond Yamamoto
  53. How the United States can build a chip alliance in Northeast Asia without decoupling by Major Jessica Taylor and Jonathan Corrado
  54. Comparative Connections Summary: September 2022
  55. Understanding Japan’s defense debate by Brad Glosserman
  56. Employing “smart power” to counter PRC efforts in Oceania by Peter C. Oleson
  57. What Indo-Pacific countries should do about Taiwan by Huynh Tam Sang
  58. The strategic importance of the Pacific Islands to Taiwan by Michael Walsh and John Hemmings
  59. How the new National Security Strategy transforms US China policy by Brad Glosserman
  60. The Myth of Taiwan as a Pacific Nation by Michael Walsh, Wen-Chi Yang, Adam Morrow
  61. The new National Security Strategy in the context of an unstated “cold war” by John Hemmings
  62. Myanmar’s emerging national identity could change everything by Wayland Blue
  63. AUKUS: Stepping boldly into space by Philip Citowicki
  64. The Biden-Xi summit: Not revolutionary, but still necessary by Daniel R. DePetris
  65. To change Taiwan’s conscription system, change the culture by Claire Tiunn (Chang)
  66. Finally at the table, not on the menu: Canada launches its Indo-Pacific strategy by Stephen Nagy
  67. After Ukraine, the need for a collectively framed new order by Ron Huisken
  68. South Korea’s role in a Taiwan contingency: Indirect but essential by Sungmin Cho

Issues & Insights

  1. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP1 — Progress and Challenges to Implementing Women, Peace and Security in Southeast Asia by Jennifer Howe
  2. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP2 — Compound Gender-Climate-Security Threats and Vulnerabilities within the Indo-Pacific by Maryruth Belsey Priebe
  3. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP3 — Feminist Peace and Security and The Other ASEAN Way by Maria Tanyag
  4. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP4 — Trouble on the Rocks: US Policy in East China Sea and South China Sea Disputes by Akhil Ramesh
  5. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR1 — Resilient Alliance: Moving the US-Philippines Security Relations Forward Edited by Jeffrey Ordaniel and Carl Baker
  6. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR2 — US-China Mutual Vulnerability: Perspectives on the Debate Edited by David Santoro
  7. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR 3 — South Korea’s Place in the Indo-Pacific: A Research Showcase for Pacific Forum’s Korea Foundation Fellows Edited by Rob York
  8. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR4 — Small Modular Reactors: The Next Phase for Nuclear Power in the Indo-Pacific? Edited by David Santoro and Carl Baker
  9. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR5 — US-Singapore: Advancing Technological Collaboration and Innovation in Southeast Asia Edited by Mark Bryan Manantan
  10. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP6 — Chinese Cyber Nationalism During the Pandemic: A Discourse Analysis of Zhihu by Talkeetna Saiget
  11. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR6 — AUKUS: A Look Back at The First Analyses Edited by David Santoro and Rob York
  12. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR7 — Abe Shinzo: In Memoriam Edited by Rob York
  13. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR8 — Next Steps for the US-China Strategic Nuclear Relationship Edited by David Santoro
  14. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR9 — An Alliance Renewed? Future-proofing US-Japan Security Relations Edited by Christopher Lamont and Jeffrey Ordaniel
  15. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP7 — Rising from the Ashes: The Future of Arms Control by Victor Mizin and Yue Yuan
  16. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, CR1 – Getting Past Constraints: Deepening US Security Relations with Vietnam and Indonesia by Jeffrey Ordaniel and Carl Baker
  17. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, CR2 – US-Taiwan Deterrence and Defense Dialogue: Responding to Increased Chinese Aggressiveness by Ralph Cossa

Comparative Connections

  1. Volume 23, Issue 3
  2. Volume 24, Issue 1
  3. Volume 24, Issue 2

PacNote #13 – Pacific Forum Korea Foundation Fellowship Opportunity

In partnership with the Jeju-based Korea Foundation, Pacific Forum is pleased to host a resident and nonresident fellowship exclusively for Korean nationals.

The Korea Foundation Fellowship assists individuals with an advanced degree or pursuing a Ph.D. in obtaining research and professional experience in one of the world’s leading foreign policy and security studies think tanks. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and learn from globally recognized academic, business, government, and military leaders, as well as leading policy experts, to help shape their thinking about critical security challenges faced by Korea and the larger Indo-Pacific region. Fellows will also connect with and build their peer networks with counterparts from across the region.

퍼시픽포럼은 한국국제교류재단과 협력하여 한국인을 대상으로 하는 펠로십 프로그램을 운영합니다. 한국국제교류재단 펠로십 프로그램은 세계적인 외교정책 안보연구소인 퍼시픽 포럼에서 연구활동과 전문 경력을 쌓을 수 있도록 지원하고 있습니다. 참가자들은 세계적인 학술, 기업, 정부, 군사 지도자들과 전문가들을 만나 한반도 및 인도태평양 지역의 안보에 대해 논의하고 네트워크를 확장할 수 있는 기회를 갖게 됩니다.

Pacific Forum will select 1 candidate to be a hybrid resident/nonresident fellow, working at Pacific Forum’s Honolulu office for 3 months and virtually for 2 months. Fellows will undertake a self-directed research project on Korean foreign policy or US-Korea relations under the guidance of Pacific Forum senior staff and be active participants in the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program. They will also receive a monthly cost-of-living stipend; and roundtrip airfare to Honolulu and travel insurance during the fellowship period.

Non-resident fellowships are also offered to outstanding full-time graduate students to allow them to participate in Pacific Forum programs while maintaining their academic commitments. Pacific Forum will select 2 non-resident fellows, who will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-month self-directed research project on Korean foreign policy or US-Korea relations and to participate in select Young Leaders Program engagements.

퍼시픽 포럼은 호놀룰루 사무실에서 5개월 동안 근무할 한 명의 펠로우를 선발합니다. 3개월 간 사무실 근무, 2개월 원격 근무로 진행될 예정입니다. 펠로우는 퍼시픽 포럼 선임 연구원의 지도 하에 한국 외교정책이나 한미 관계에 대한 개인 프로젝트를 수행하게 되며, Pacific Forum Young Leaders Program에 참여하게 될 것입니다. 또한 한국-호놀룰루 왕복 항공료와, 생활비, 보험료를 지급받게 될 것입니다.

또한, 퍼시픽 포럼은 9-10개월 동안 한국의 외교정책이나 한미 관계에 대한 개인 프로젝트를 수행 할 비상주 펠로 2명을 선발합니다. 이들에게는 학업을 지속함과 동시에 퍼시픽 포럼 프로그램에 참여할 수 있는 기회가 제공됩니다.

Eligibility and How to Apply:

  • Korean citizen
  • 20’s to 30’s
  • Current graduate or Ph.D. student researching foreign policy, international relations, political science or a related field (or within one year of graduation)
  • Fluent in English with minimum TOEIC score 850, TOEFL score 100 (IBT score)/250 (CBT), TEPS score 750 or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Predominately completed studies in Korea

펠로우쉽 자격

  • 대한민국 국민
  • 만 22세에서 35세
  • 현재 외교 정책, 국제관계, 정치와 관련된 분야에서 공부하는 대학원생 (12개월 내에 졸업한 학생도 가능합니다)
  • 영어 업무 능력 (토익 850, 토플 IBT 100, CBT 250, TEPS 750 혹은 그와 같은 점수)
  • 최소학점3.0
  • 대부분의 교육을 한국에서 받은 자

To apply for the Korea Foundation Fellowship, please complete the Resident and/or Nonresident Korea Foundation Fellowship online application form and include all materials listed below. All materials must be written in English. Any statement in your application that is found to be false will be grounds for disqualification.

  • Statement of purpose (explaining why you are interested in this fellowship)
  • Research proposal outlining what foreign policy or security-related question you plan to research while at Pacific Forum and what your expected outcomes will be (Abstract max. 250 words, proposal max. 1,500 words)
  • Letter of Recommendation from an academic advisor at your university (may be emailed to
  • Certificate of enrollment or graduation from your university
  • Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
  • Currently valid English test score (TOEIC, TOEFL, TEPS, etc.)

지원하실분은 상주(resident) 혹은 비 비상주(non-resident) 온라인 지원서를 작성해 주시고 아래 서류를 첨부해 주시기 바랍니다. 모든 서류는 영어로 작성 되어야 합니다. 지원서 마감일은 2022년 12월 19일 입니다.

  • 학업계획서 (지원 동기)
  • 어떤 외교 정책 혹은 안보 관련 문제를 퍼시픽 포럼에서 연구할지를 포함한 연구 제안서 (abstract 최대 250단어, 연구서 최대 1500단어)
  • 대학교수 추천서
  • 재학증명서 혹은 졸업증명서
  • 학부 대학원 성적표

Please send all application materials by December 19, 2022.

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:

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

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:

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:

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