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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 #31 – Taiwan’s Covid-19 Diplomacy and WHO Participation: Losing the Battle but Winning the War?
Taiwan’s pragmatic “warm power” diplomacy during the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak represents a low-key approach to boosting its international participation while minimizing the burden for its sympathetic international …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #30 – South Korea’s Imperfect but Maturing Democracy
May 18, 2020, marked the 40th anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising in South Korea, when South Korea’s military government killed hundreds of protesters in the southwest city of Gwangju. To this day, the full death toll is not …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #29 – Post Covid-19, the US-China Rivalry Will Only Get Worse
A version of this was originally published as one of a series of regional commentaries commissioned by the Australian Committee of CSCAP on Asialink Insights (University of Melbourne). While it’s become commonplace to say that…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #28 – Taiwan Needs Media Reform to Save Its Democracy
A version of this previously appeared in The Taipei Times and is reprinted with permission. History shows that the failure of democratic states has typically resulted from a conjunction of powerful external enemies and deep …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #27 – Comparative Connections Summary- May 2020 Issue
COMPARATIVE CONNECTIONS SUMMARY- MAY 2020 ISSUE REGIONAL OVERVIEW THE PANDEMIC SPREADS AND THE WORLD RESPONDS BY RALPH COSSA, PACIFIC FORUM & BRAD GLOSSERMAN, TAMA UNIVERSITY CRS/PACIFIC FORUM The COVID-19 pandemic …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #26 – Interpreting China’s “Wolf-Warrior Diplomacy”
Recently the Chinese foreign ministry has taken an increasingly strident tone against the United States, Australia, and other countries. Dubbed “wolf-warrior diplomacy,” this new approach seems popular inside China and …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #24R – Response to PacNet #24, “The destruction of North Korean agriculture: We need to rethink UN sanctions”
James A. Kelly replies: Professor Hazel Smith has long been respected for her economic analysis of North Korea. Her recent PacNet 24 shows the possibility of serious outcomes but is incomplete in both economic and geopolitical …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #25 – China’s Eight Arguments Against Western ‘Hubris’ and Why They Fail
The poor performance of Western Europe and the United States during the pandemic has revived Western declinism. A recent example is an essay by Zhou Bo of the Center of China-American Defense Relations, Academy of Military …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #24 – The destruction of North Korean agriculture: We need to rethink UN sanctions
In 2016 and 2017, in response to North Korea’s continued nuclear testing, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) expanded sanctions that had previously been targeted at commodities, individuals, and institutions linked to …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #23 – How ASEAN Should Respond to China’s South China Sea Tactics
“The South China Sea is a major issue in the heart of ASEAN’s own region. For ASEAN not to address it would severely damage its credibility. ASEAN must not take sides on the various claims, but it has to take and state a …
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