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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.
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
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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.
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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:
- 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.
- Curriculum Vitae. The CV should reflect your educational background, work experience, and academic interests.
- Contact information for two professional references.
Please send all application materials by Feb. 4, 2022 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Genron NPO is an independent, not-for-profit Japanese think tank engaged in track II diplomacy in Northeast Asia. The Genron NPO works towards creating mechanisms that will contribute to a peaceful environment and establishing rules and principles for stable order in the region.
The Genron NPO is conducting an online survey in which scholars and experts in the US, China, South Korea, and Japan will participate to gauge their opinions on the top risks threatening peace in Northeast Asia. Based on the results of the survey, The Genron NPO will publish its annual report, “Risks in Northeast Asia in 2022.”
The Genron NPO appreciates your participation and your efforts to complete the survey by 8pm EST on Monday, January 31. The Genron NPO’s five-minute online survey can be found here: https://jp.surveymonkey.com/r/BTXS7Y9.
Pacific Forum is pleased to announce its partnership with Analyzing War.
Analyzing War is an online magazine platform that is published by SWi Analytics, a California limited liability company that is dedicated to advancing knowledge and informed understanding of Indo-Pacific security and order. Their most recent issue (November/December 2021) includes expert commentaries on how great power competition ends in the military, economic, and geopolitical realms:
- Treasury Bonds and Renewing an Economic Impact by Alvin Camba, PhD & Louis Pascarella
- Competition over Cooperation by Ekaterina Koldunova, PhD
- Comprehensive Versus Partial Power: Not-so Great Power Competition and its End Destination by Stephen Nagy, PhD
- The Russian Navy in the Indo-Pacific by Joshua Bernard Espeña
- War Termination Among Nuclear-Armed Powers in a Maritime Context by LCDR Steven Wills USN (Ret), PhD
Click here to view the latest issue.
We look forward to sharing the next issue, which will be released in February 2022, and future Analyzing War publications with Pacific Forum’s readership in the future.