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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 #23 – Japan’s new strategic policy: Three overlooked takeaways
Japan has signaled its intent to strengthen its national security and defense posture significantly in an increasingly volatile Indo-Pacific. When he met President Joe Biden in January 2023, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #22 – The refresh of the Integrated Review: Putting Britain at the heart of the Atlantic-Pacific world
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On Monday, His Majesty’s (HM) Government released the refresh of the Integrated Review (IRR), the re-appraisal of the wide-ranging foreign and defense policy appraisal ordered by Boris Johnson when he became prime minister. …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #21 – How feminist is Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy – PART TWO: The ‘Needs Improvement’
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In Part I of this series, we examined Canada’s 2022 Indo-Pacific strategy (CIPS or the Strategy) in terms of how well it aligned with the country’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), which is functionally …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #20 – How feminist is Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy – PART ONE: The Good
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Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy (hereafter, CIPS or “the strategy”), launched in late 2022, is a strong assertion of Ottawa’s mutual strategic interests, the aspirations of a middle power, and a Pacific state’s position…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #19 – Rare earths realism: Breaking the PRC’s global refining monopoly
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“The Middle East has oil, and China has rare earths.” – Deng Xiaoping (1987) Rare earth elements (REEs) are a class of 17 metals essential to the technology, transportation, energy, defense, and aerospace industries. …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #18 – China has a digital grand strategy. Does the president know?
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The answer to the above question is, regrettably, no. We have been unable to find anyone in government, who has heard of this strategy, which raises a few questions: Does China have a digital grand strategy? If so, is it part of…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #17 – The World After Taiwan’s Fall – PART TWO
This is Part Two of our two-part PacNet on our study “The World After Taiwan’s Fall,” which reviews the key findings and recommendations: Finding: The only thing slightly worse than the United States intervening and …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #16 – The World After Taiwan’s Fall – PART ONE
Let us start with our bottom line: a failure of the United States to come to Taiwan’s aid— politically, economically, and militarily—in the event of a takeover attempt by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) would …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #15 – For India and ASEAN, an opportune reorientation
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The 19th Summit of ASEAN and India on Nov. 12, 2022 in Phnom Penh, commemorating the 30th anniversary of their dialogue relations and celebrating the ASEAN-India Friendship Year, elevated the India-ASEAN strategic relationship. …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #14 – South Korea’s Indo-Pacific pivot strategy
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2022 ended with South Korea adopting specific Indo-Pacific terminology with the Dec. 28 release of its Strategy for a Free, Peaceful, and Prosperous Indo-Pacific Region (SFPPIP). The key takeaway: The SFPPIP, and President Yoon …
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