Pacific Forum is accepting applications for resident and non-resident James A. Kelly Korean Studies Fellowship and WSD-Handa Fellowship. The non-resident Vasey Fellowship is also open for application. The deadline to apply is October 31.
Applications are currently open for:
- Resident Kelly Fellowship
- Non-resident Kelly Fellowship
- Resident WSD-Handa Fellowship
- Non-resident WSD Handa Fellowship
- Non-resident Vasey Fellowship
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. Resident Fellows may be adjusted to be a hybrid program with a virtual start on Jan. 1, 2022, with the possibility of conversion to an in-person resident fellowship at Pacific Forum offices in Honolulu if and when conditions permit.
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 Resident and/or 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 Non-resident Vasey Fellowship online application form.
The deadline to apply is Oct. 31. For any questions or concerns about Pacific Forum fellowship programs, please contact email@example.com.
Pacific Forum, with the support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), organized the U.S.-Viet Nam Security Dialogue and the U.S.-Indonesia Security Dialogue. Written by Jeffrey Ordaniel with co-principal investigators David Santoro and Robert Girrier, the just-released Issues & Insights Conference Reports contain key findings and recommendations from the discussions.
The United States and Viet Nam: Charting the Next 25 Years in Bilateral Security Relations
Washington and Hanoi left behind their past as Cold War adversaries and upgraded their relations into a comprehensive partnership in 2013. The relationship has since flourished considerably and rapidly. The next logical step is to elevate the relationship into a strategic partnership, i.e., a deepened security engagement. That process has already begun, but more work is needed, and urgently, given the increasingly tense situation in the South China Sea. The region continues to face growing security challenges – from irredentist claims and blatant sidestepping of the rule of law in many of the region’s maritime spaces, to the threat of pandemics and cybersecurity. So far, most Track 2 U.S. engagements with Viet Nam have centered on issues pertaining to development, empowerment, and historical reconciliation. The time is now ripe for a security-focused dialogue involving the two countries’ top strategic thinkers to build on current gains, underscore opportunities for deeper defense cooperation, generate sound and actionable policy and operational recommendations, and highlight the importance of a tighter partnership to the peace and stability of Southeast Asia and the broader region.
To this end, Pacific Forum, with support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in collaboration with the Diplomatic Academy of Viet Nam (DAV), organized the inaugural Track 2 U.S.-Viet Nam Security Dialogue on May 18-20, 2021. The dialogue was aimed at building a body of knowledge on U.S.–Viet Nam security relations that DTRA and other interested U.S. Government agencies could use to conduct better military engagements, and provide a more responsive and complementary capacity-building, with greater impact to improve deterrence.
Read Issues & Insights, Vol. 21, CR1 The United States and Viet Nam: Charting the Next 25 Years in Bilateral Security Relations here: https://pacforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/US-Vietnam-Issues-and-Insights-2021.pdf
The United States and Indonesia: Re-Converging Strategic Interests in the Indo-Pacific
The United States and Indonesia, the world’s second and third largest democracies, form a consequential relationship in the Indo-Pacific. However, despite common values and shared interests, U.S.-Indonesia relations have yet to realize their full potential, especially on the security front. Many strategic imperatives should drive closer U.S. security engagements with Indonesia. These include Jakarta’s leadership role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other key regional institutions, its outsized role in promoting the security of vital sea-lines of communications and trading routes, its location as the archipelagic nation connecting the Pacific and Indian Oceans, its shared interest with the United States in countering violent extremism and other trans-national threat networks, and its activist and independent foreign policy. These realities, when leveraged, can facilitate a more coordinated and effective response to a multitude of geopolitical, economic, and security challenges in the region, and can advance the United States’ Indo-Pacific vision.
The Biden Administration has made clear that the Indo-Pacific is a “top priority,” an enduring theme through several U.S. administrations. U.S. officials have also stressed that the United States will seek to “build a united front of U.S. allies and partners to confront China’s abusive behaviors and human rights violations.” While this framing alone is unlikely to generate in-depth Indonesian cooperation, Jakarta is interested in working with the United States to stand up to China when needed and take a leading role in ensuring Southeast Asia’s strategic autonomy.
To this end, Pacific Forum, with support from the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and in collaboration with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS Indonesia), organized the inaugural Track 2 U.S.-Indonesia Security Dialogue on June 1-3, 2021. The dialogue was aimed at building a body of knowledge on the bilateral security relations that DTRA and other interested U.S. Government agencies could use to conduct better military engagements, and provide a more responsive and complementary capacity-building, with greater impact to improve deterrence. The organized panels were aimed at increasing awareness and understanding in Indonesia and in the United States of the two countries’ converging and diverging interests, defense and foreign policy doctrines, and views on key regional and global security issues.
Read Issues & Insights, Vol. 21, CR2 The United States and Indonesia: Re-Converging Strategic Interests in the Indo-Pacific here: https://pacforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/US-Indonesia-Issues-and-Insights-2021.pdf
The Pacific Forum mourns the passing of long-time friend of Pacific Forum and International Advisory Board member Robert “Skipp” Orr, former U.S. ambassador to the Asian Development Bank, who passed away on August 12 in Kamakura, Japan due to heart failure.
Skipp enjoyed a long and distinguished career in business, government and academia and was a key figure in the U.S.-Japan relationship. As noted in a Japan Times obituary, he is credited with opening up Japan’s cell phone market in the 1990s as a Motorola Inc. executive, and he served as president of Boeing Japan Co. from 2002 to 2007. During his time at Boeing, the 787 Dreamliner was developed, with 35% of the components made in Japan. Between 2007 and 2010, he was chairman of the board of the Panasonic Foundation. He also served as vice chairman of the National Association of Japan-America Societies.
In 2010, then-U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Orr as executive director, with the rank of ambassador, to the Asian Development Bank. He served as ADB ambassador until Dec. 31, 2015, the longest serving ambassador during the Obama administration.
Orr graduated from Florida Atlantic University in 1976 and went on to earn a master’s degree in government from Georgetown University and a doctorate in political science from the University of Tokyo. His interest in government led him to work as a legislative assistant to former Democratic congressman Paul Rodgers in 1976. While in Washington, he also worked as a staff member for the House Foreign Affairs Asia subcommittee. In 1981, he joined the U.S. Agency for International Development, working on Asian issues.
Between 1985 and 1993, Dr. Orr was a political science professor and director of the Institute of Pacific Rim Studies at Temple University Japan. He also ran the Kyoto Center for Japanese Studies and the Stanford Center for Technology and Innovation at the Stanford Japan center in Kyoto for two years.
In 1991, his book “The Emergence of Japan’s Foreign Aid Power” won the Ohira Prize for best book on the Asia-Pacific region.
During his career, Orr played senior leadership roles in a number of other organizations, including the Council of American Ambassadors and the Pacific Forum. His door was always open to friends when visiting, either in Tokyo or Manila.
On Nov. 3, 2018, the Japanese government recognized his many contributions to the US-Japan relationship, conferring upon him the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette. The presentation ceremony took place on June 4, 2019, at the residence of the Japanese ambassador to the United States.
Ralph Cossa, Pacific Forum President Emeritus and Worldwide Support for Development-Handa Haruhisa Chair in Peace Studies expressed his sorrow at Orr’s death: “Skipp was a dear friend and devoted New York Yankee fan, who was always there when we needed him to lend a helping hand or share his insights. He will be sorely missed.”
The Pacific Forum is recruiting a senior program director to work on, and expand, its research and programmatic activities on Indo-Pacific foreign and security policy.
The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree and/or relevant professional experience, one or more area(s) of expertise, an established network within US and Indo-Pacific foreign and security policy, a publication record, strong programmatic and organizational skills, an entrepreneurial and team-player spirit, a willingness to conduct extensive travel in the United States and abroad, English language proficiency, as well as the legal right to work in the United States. A major plus is a demonstrated ability to attract funding from government sources and/or private entities.
Applicants should be familiar with political-military affairs and have competence in one or several of the following areas: strategic competition with China; Southeast Asia; Pacific Islands; maritime security; cyber and space security; US alliances, partnerships, and regional security architecture; and/or nontraditional security threats. Other areas will be considered as well.
This is a perfect position for a dynamic mid-level scholar interested in building on a record of success and developing his or her own programs in a leading, growing, and extremely active think tank focused on Indo-Pacific foreign and security policy.
This position’s duties include (but are not limited to):
- Conducting policy-oriented research and analysis on security and foreign policy issues;
- Publishing findings in articles, book chapters, and other publications;
- Presenting results at relevant conferences and workshops in the United States and abroad;
- Assisting in 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 programs and jump-starting new ones based on topical interest;
- Management and mentoring of 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;
- Assisting with drafting, proofreading, and editing written material; and
- Supporting other fellows and staff.
Starting salary will depend on experience but is expected to range from $80,000 to $100,000 and will include benefits and, if applicable, relocation expenses to Hawaii (within reason). Position/Salary is evaluated annually based on performance and ability to attract funding.
Interested candidates should submit the following items:
- Letter of interest. The letter, which should be approximately 2-5 pages long, should explain why you are interested in applying for the position and include a brief description of your vocational goals, intended areas of work at Pacific Forum, and potential funding sources;
- Curriculum vitae. The CV should reflect your educational background, grants and fellowships awarded, work experience, and publication record.
- A letter of recommendation, plus the names and contact information of three professional references.
Please send application materials by August 27 to firstname.lastname@example.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 region 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.
The Pacific Forum was listed among the “2020 Best New Think Tanks” in the 2020 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report; having recently returned to its former fully-independent status. This is an annual ranking produced by the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. The Institute also listed the Pacific Forum in the top 100 “2020 Top Think Tanks in the United States” and as one of only 17 US think tanks listed in the top 73 “2020 Think Tanks With the Most Significant Impact on Public Policy” in the world.
For more information: www.pacforum.org
Pacific Forum is pleased to share an upcoming hybrid live-virtual event opportunity hosted by our friends at Navy League of the United States. Please see the full announcement below for additional information and how to register.
Honolulu, HI | Imin International Conference Center
A Hybrid Live-Virtual Event
The Indo-Pacific Maritime Security Exchange (IMSE) is produced by Navy League of the United States Honolulu Council. The enduring IMSE theme is Building Partnerships for Security, Stability and Prosperity. IMSE’s purpose is to provide a forum for senior leaders, subject matter experts, and interested members of the public to engage in dialogue about maritime security in the Indo-Pacific region.
IMSE 2021 will explore Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing – why it is a big problem in the region and how it can be combatted. Assisting in the production of IMSE 2021 are the East West Center, the Daniel K. Inouye Center for Asia-Pacific Security Studies, and Pacific Forum.
Countering threats to maritime security in the region requires the collaborative efforts of like-minded nations in the military, diplomatic, law-enforcement, and commercial arenas. IMSE will examine these efforts by featuring senior maritime leaders and subject matter experts from the region as speakers and panelists examining a broad range of topics to include the strengthening of multi-national maritime military capability, capacity building efforts that include security assistance and cooperation, law-enforcement on the high seas, and diplomatic efforts. The conference will give attendees ample opportunities for informal interaction through several informal networking social events to include coffee breaks, meals, and receptions.
Mark Zimring, Large Scale Fisheries Director, The Nature Conservancy
VADM Linda Fagan, USCG, Vice-Commandant United States Coast Guard
Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA
Paul Woods, Chief Innovation Oficer and Co-Founder at Global Fishing Watch
L. Alex Kahl, Natural Resources Manager and Advisor, National Marine Fisheries Service
Dr. Asyura Salleh, PhD. Special Advisor for Maritime Security, Yokuska Council on Asia-Pacific Studies
Dr. Tabitha Grace Mallory, Ph.D., Affiliate Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
A. Bradley Soule, Director of Intelligence at OceanMind
RADM Matthew W. Sibley, USCG, District 14 Commander
CAPT Holly Harrison, USCG, Commanding Officer USS Kimball (WMSL 756)
Mark Young, Executive Director at International Monitoring, Control, and Surveillance Network
ADM John C. Aquilino, USN, Commander USINDOPACOM (Invited)
Dr. Carlyle Thayer, PhD., Emeritus Professor, University of New South Wales
Mr. Bill Sharp, National Taiwan University
Dr. Cheng Sheng Lee, PhD., Executive Director, Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, University of Hawaii
Gregory Poling, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia & Director, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies
Pacific Forum is pleased to share an upcoming virtual event opportunity hosted by our friends at RSIS. Please see the full announcement below for additional information about the webinar and how to register.
RSIS WEBINAR ON “NUCLEAR SECURITY GOVERNANCE IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC: PATHWAYS TO COOPERATION”
Chaired by Prof Mely Caballero-Anthony
Professor of International Relations,
Head, Centre for Non-Traditional Security Studies,
President’s Chair in International Relations and Security Studies,
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Thursday, 29 July 2021
10:30 – 12.30 pm (Singapore time, UTC+8)
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This webinar will explore national and regional pathways towards building a robust framework for nuclear security governance in the Asia Pacific. It will feature nuclear security experts to discuss sustaining commitments and actions from Southeast Asia, the United States, Japan, South Korea, China, and other key regional nuclear cooperation networks in the Asia-Pacific. They will explore if the progress on building nuclear security cooperation in Southeast Asia can serve as a regional pathway to nuclear security governance in the Asia-Pacific.
The webinar will be conducted via Zoom. You will receive a confirmation email with a unique link to join the webinar. Please do not circulate the link.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Dr Trevor Findlay is Principal Fellow in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne. He has a BA Honours degree in political science from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree and PhD in international relations from the Australian National University (ANU). He is an Associate Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, where he was a tenured professor for ten years, director of the Canadian Centre for Treaty Compliance and held the William and Jeanie Barton Chair. From 2011 to 2015, he was a senior researcher with the Project on Managing the Atom at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. He was a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Affairs from 2013 to 2017, serving as chair in 2017. He served for thirteen years in the Australian diplomatic service, followed by academic appointments at the ANU’s Peace Research Centre and the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and seven years as Executive Director of the London-based non-governmental organization, the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC). Dr Findlay’s teaching and research specialisations include disarmament, arms control, non-proliferation, nuclear security, global nuclear governance and the future of nuclear energy.
Dr David Santoro is President of the Pacific Forum. He specialises in strategic deterrence, arms control, and non-proliferation. Santoro’s current interests focus on great-power dynamics and US alliances, particularly the role of China in an era of nuclear multipolarity. His new volume U.S.-China Nuclear Relations – The Impact of Strategic Triangles was published by Lynne Rienner in May 2021. Santoro also leads several of the Forum’s track-1.5 and track-2 strategic dialogues.
Mr Tom Corben is Research Associate in the Foreign Policy and Defence Program at the United States Studies Centre. He was previously a resident Lloyd and Lilian Vasey Fellow with Pacific Forum, where he worked on Japanese and Korean domestic politics and foreign policy, and Australia’s engagement with Northeast Asia. Tom has published widely on these issues for a range of platforms, including The Diplomat, East Asia Forum, and The Strategist. He has been a tutor in Australian Foreign Policy at the University of New South Wales and is a Pacific Forum Young Leader. Tom holds a BA (Honours) in Asian Studies and International Relations from the University of New South Wales
Dr Hosik Yoo is Vice President of the Korea Institute of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Control (KINAC), where he focuses on the implementation of regulation and policy development on nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation. He has been working in the field of nuclear for more than 30 years. Prior to KINAC, Dr. Yoo served as the nuclear scientist at KAERI (Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute) for developing nuclear fuel. He has authored several papers and reports on nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation. He advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea on issues related to implementation and the international legal framework for nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation in preparation for the 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 Nuclear Security Summit.
Dr Zha Daojiong is Professor at the School of International Studies and Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, Peking University. His areas of expertise include international political economy and China’s international economic relations, particularly the fields of energy and natural resources, development aid and the economics-political nexus in the Asia Pacific region. In recent years, his research has extended to political and social risk management for Chinese corporations engaged in non-financial investments abroad. He is invited to serve as non-resident fellow in a number of public policy think tanks and advisory member on several international exchange associations, including the China chapter of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) and the China Association for International Exchange. He joined the faculty of Peking University in 2007 and held prior positions at the Renmin University of China, the International University of Japan and University of Macau. He studied at the East West Center and the University of Hawaii, where he earned a Doctoral degree in political science.
Dr Masahiro Okuda is Engineer of the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA). He is in charge of nuclear security capacity development as an instructor of training courses of ISCN/JAEA. His expertise covers nuclear non-proliferation export control, international relations and international security. Dr Okuda has received Ph.D. in Security Studies from Takushoku University in March 2018.
Ms Naoko Noro is Chief Training Instructor at the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Nuclear Security, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (ISCN/JAEA). Her expertise includes nuclear security, CBRNE terrorism and international security. Before joining ISCN, Ms Noro was an Associate Fellow at Research Institute of Science and Technology for Society, Japan Science and Technology Agency (RISTEX/JST), Tokyo, Japan. At RISTX, she conducted research on counter-terrorism. She obtained her master’s degree in Security Policy studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.
Mr Julius Cesar I. Trajano is Research Fellow at the NTS Centre, RSIS. He is also presently a member of the leadership team of the International Nuclear Security Education Network, the Asia-Pacific Nuclear Advisory Panel, and the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific- Nuclear Energy Experts Group. Mr Trajano conducts policy research studies and has publications on non-traditional security issues, particularly on nuclear security and safety governance in the Asia-Pacific, peacebuilding, and human trafficking. Among his latest publications include “The Future of Nuclear Security in the Asia-Pacific: Expanding the Role of Southeast Asia” (International Journal of Nuclear Security, 2020).
Pacific Forum is pleased to share an upcoming virtual event opportunity hosted by our friends at Yokosuka Council for Asia-Pacific Studies. Please see the full announcement below for additional information about the webinar and how to register.
MONGOLIA CONNECT: A CONVERSATION WITH ELBEGDORJ TSAKHIA, THE FORMER PRESIDENT AND PRIME MINISTER OF MONGOLIA
Moderated by Nicholas Millward
YCAPS President & Member of Pacific Forum’s Young Leaders Program
22 May, 2021, 09:00 am (UB), 10:00am (Japan)
21 May, 2021 9:00pm (Washington, DC)
Mongolia, Japan, and the US have constructed strategic partnerships built on mutual understanding and a shared pursuit of global and regional peace and security, as well as the protection of human rights, freedom of speech, national independence, and territorial integrity. The partners recognize that Mongolia-Japan-US ties have grown stronger and closer based on common strategic interests, shared democratic values, good governance, principles of sovereignty, and respect for human rights. They also recognize their shared interest in cooperating more closely, in order to ensure peace, security, and stability in the region. Mongolia has established strategic partnerships with both Japan (2010) and the United States (2019).
In this upcoming webinar we will discuss how these partnerships have progressed and what we think their future trajectory might be. President Elbegdorj will provide his perspective on Mongolia-Japan-US relations, while reflecting on both the challenges and accomplishments of the recent past. The event will end with a Q&A session.
To join please use this link to register with Zoom.
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The Pacific Forum is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. David Santoro as its incoming President. As Pacific Forum’s current Vice President and Director for Nuclear Policy, David brings a wealth of expertise and experience in foreign and national security policy analysis and program management.
David joined Pacific Forum in 2011 and has since managed several of the Forum’s track-2 and track-1.5 dialogues, notably those on strategic and nuclear policy issues. He has also written extensively on these issues. He is the author of Treating Weapons Proliferation (Palgrave, 2010) and co-editor of Slaying the Nuclear Dragon: Disarmament Dynamics in the Twenty-First Century (University of Georgia Press, 2012), and he has a forthcoming volume on US-China Nuclear Relations: The Impact of Strategic Triangles (2021). His current research focuses on strategic competition with China, nuclear policy issues, and US alliances and partnerships.
David will take the helm in June, succeeding Robert “Bob” Girrier (RADM, USN, ret.), who served as president from June 2018. Following over 30 years of maritime experience, Bob is credited with leading the Pacific Forum through its transition to operations as a completely independent corporate entity and a period characterized by steady program growth. Bob will remain involved with the Forum as a member of its board of directors.
In addition to Bob, David will be following in the footsteps of the late RADM Lloyd R. “Joe” Vasey (USN, ret), the Forum’s founder and inspiration, as well as Joe’s successors: Dr. Amos “Joe” Jordan, James Kelly, and Ralph Cossa.
“We’ve experienced growth over these last three years, despite the challenges of COVID-19, and with David’s experience and reputation, both at the Forum and throughout the region, we’re set up for continued success,” Bob noted, adding that “Pacific Forum’s recent recognition as one of the Top Think Tanks in 2020 (worldwide) is indicative of the trajectory we’re on.”
“I’m thrilled and honored to take over the leadership of the Pacific Forum and to work together with its team to further advance analysis of Indo-Pacific strategic dynamics as well as promote dialogue with and among regional states and other key stakeholders,” David said. “I’m also thankful for Bob’s leadership over the past three years.”
The Pacific Forum, founded in 1975, is a private, non-partisan foreign policy research institute governed by a Board of Directors chaired by former Assistant Secretary of State James Kelly, with guidance from an International Advisory Board co-chaired by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage and former Assistant Secretary of Defense and noted scholar Dr. Joseph Nye.
The Forum’s programs encompass current and emerging political, security, economic, business, and oceans policy issues. It works to help stimulate cooperative policies through analysis and dialogue undertaken with the Indo-Pacific’s leaders in the academic, government, and corporate areas.
The Forum is guided by Joe Vasey’s vision “to find a better way” to resolve conflict and promote cooperation and mutual understanding throughout the Indo-Pacific region and beyond.
The Women, Peace, and Security Fellowship is now open for application
Pacific Forum is pleased to announce a Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Fellowship for young professionals to conduct research and analysis in areas related to women’s agency, voice and capacities, and gender perspective in dialogues, policies, and peace processes.
Pacific Forum is currently seeking applications for the resident WPS Fellowship. The position is open to all citizens with preference given to those from Southeast Asia with a WPS/gender studies background. 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 the critical challenges and opportunities of women, peace, and security; in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command WPS initiatives within the Indo-Pacific. Fellows will also connect with and build peer networks with counterparts from across the region. The resident fellowship will run until the end of September 2021 and the fellow will receive a stipend of $3000 per month. Learn more about the opportunity here: https://pacforum.org/program/wps-fellowship.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
- Applicants may be of any nationality. Priority will be given to those from Southeast Asia with a background in WPS and/or gender studies
- Completed their undergraduate education and
- Have several years of experience in Indo-Pacific security issues, or
- Has completed or is completing their graduate education (master’s or doctoral)
- Proficient in English (verbal and written skills)
To apply for the WPS Fellowship, please complete the Resident WPS 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.
- A cover letter detailing interests and why the WPS Fellowship will contribute to the applicant’s professional development
- Curriculum Vitae
- A letter of recommendation
- A description of a research project to undertake as a WPS Fellow (not to exceed 1,500 words)
The deadline to apply for the WPS Fellowship is March 15, 2021.
Korea Foundation Fellowship Deadline Extension
In partnership with the Seoul-based Korea Foundation, this Pacific Forum fellowship is exclusively for Korean nationals. The Korea Foundation Fellowship is designed to help graduate and Ph.D. students obtain 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 the critical security challenges faced by Korea and the larger Indo-Pacific region. Fellows will also connect with and build peer networks with counterparts from across the region. Learn more about the opportunity here: https://pacforum.org/program/korea-foundation-fellowship.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
- Korean citizen
- Between ages 22 to 34
- Current graduate student researching foreign policy, international relations, political science, or a related field. (Those who have graduated in the past 12 months will also be considered.)
- Working proficiency in English and/or with a 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
To apply for the Korea Foundation Fellowship, please complete the Resident and/or Non-resident Korea Foundation Fellowship online application form and include all materials listed below. All materials must be written in English. The deadline to apply for the non-resident fellowship has been extended to March 15, 2021. Applications for the Resident fellowship will be accepted through March 31, 2021.
- 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
- Certificate of enrollment or graduation from your university
- Undergraduate and graduate school transcripts
Contact email@example.com if you need any further information.