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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 #46 – In Memoriam: Brent Scowcroft
The Pacific Forum has lost a treasured mentor and friend. The passing at 95 of retired Lieutenant General Brent Scowcroft, USAF on August 6 is another loss to our country in a challenging year. Brent Scowcroft is the only person…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #45 – Aegis Ashore and Japan’s Constitutional Debate
An earlier version of this article was published in East Asia Forum. Last month, Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono made the sudden announcement that Tokyo was abandoning plans to deploy two Aegis Ashore missile defense …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #44 – Hong Kong was a Test Run for China’s “Wolf Warrior” Diplomacy
An earlier version of this article was published in the National Interest. There has been much talk of late of China’s “wolf warrior” diplomacy, named for a series of patriotic Chinese films. The reasons for this …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #43 – First Korea, Now Australia: China’s Carrot-and-Stick Diplomacy is Not New
Australia-China ties have deteriorated recently, due to Australia calling for an independent inquiry into the novel coronavirus. Their relations have also suffered due to China slamming Australia with anti-dumping measures and …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #42 – China Needs Diplomats, Not Wolves
China’s “Wolf Warrior” diplomacy is making headlines around the world. But while it might be hitting the right notes back home, it may not play so well with overseas audiences. Polls in the US, Canada, and Australia all …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #41 – Opportunism and miscalculation by claimants in the South China Sea
The Covid-19 pandemic has not abated concerns about China’s perceived aggression in the region. In the East China Sea, we have seen intrusions of Chinese government and other vessels into Japan’s territorial seas for…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #40 – The Indo-Pacific Contest: It Could be Time for Fresh Ideas on Allied Security Cooperation
“The threat of China setting up a military base in the Pacific is serious… Now is not the time for strategic fatalism” Jonathan Pryke Director, Pacific Islands Program, Lowy Institute U.S. and Australian interests in the…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #39 – Covid-19 Recovery: Re-energizing Hawaii with Regional Insights
As part of our long-standing Honolulu International Forum, the Pacific Forum launched a special virtual series, “Covid-19 Recovery: Re-energizing Hawaii with Regional Insights,” to provide Hawaii’s policy leaders with …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #38 – Why America opposes the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI)?—A second look
As US-China relations decline to their worst state in over 50 years, it’s important that both sides understand fully the importance of their respective differences. US opposition to Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #37 – How Xi Jinping Thought Gave Hong Kong its National Security Law
The anticipated adoption of the Hong Kong National Security Law embodies the growing influence of Xi Jinping Thought on Diplomacy, bridging the intersection between China’s domestic actions and its increasingly assertive …
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