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PacNet Commentary

A weekly publication generated from a network of policy research institutes designed to facilitate communication on timely events in the region and to serve as a vehicle for sharing research results and analyses.

PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #65 – To change Taiwan’s conscription system, change the culture
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Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, Taiwanese polls indicated that, should the People’s Republic of China attack Taiwan, 74% of Taiwanese citizens were willing to defend the island. However, the question…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #64 – The Biden-Xi summit: Not revolutionary, but still necessary
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US President Joe Biden’s Nov. 14 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali, Indonesia was never supposed to be a historic breakthrough between the world’s two greatest powers. Too many core issues, from Taiwan and …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #63 – AUKUS: Stepping boldly into space
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Our information-based societies are inseparable from space technology, and space is an increasingly “contested, congested, and competitive” domain. With over 5,000 operational satellites in orbit and tens of thousands more …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #62 – Myanmar’s emerging national identity could change everything
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The Myanmar military is, paradoxically, achieving one of its longest-standing objectives: a tangible national identity. The success of this goal, however, will require the failure of the regime’s more pressing objective: …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #61 – The new National Security Strategy in the context of an unstated “cold war”
The Biden administration released America’s new National Security Strategy (NSS) on Oct. 12. For those who read such documents regularly, there were few surprises. Values were mentioned in the context of the United States’ …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #60 – The Myth of Taiwan as a Pacific Nation
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“The US has begun to reimagine itself as a Pacific nation. Taiwan would be wise to explore the merits of following suit. This could unlock benefits that entail from a shared identity.” – Michael Walsh and John Hemmings…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #59 – How the new National Security Strategy transforms US China policy
The United States has transformed its policy toward China. This shift is not plain from the language of the National Security Strategy, released this week, even though that document identifies China as a country with “the …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #58 – The strategic importance of the Pacific Islands to Taiwan
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In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there have been heightened concerns that a Taiwan contingency involving the People’s Republic of China (PRC) could play out in the not-too-distant future. This year’s …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #57 – What Indo-Pacific countries should do about Taiwan
In retaliating against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August trip to Taiwan, the People’s Republic of China deployed military maneuvers to encircle the island and, for the first time in nearly 26 years, conduct missile …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #56 – Employing “smart power” to counter PRC efforts in Oceania
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Recent developments indicate a cozying-up of Solomon Islands’ leaders to Beijing. This has set off alarm bells in Canberra, Wellington, and Washington, DC. World powers have largely ignored the Solomons and other Pacific …
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