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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 #39 – How Public-Private Cooperation Helped Unlock US Assistance on Agent Orange
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On Aug. 10, 1961, the United States began spraying aerial herbicides over South Vietnam. The spraying continued for 10 years. Agent Orange, as the herbicides became known, is the most intractable legacy of the Vietnam War. While…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #38 – Afghanistan: A Strategic Watershed?
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I fear that the fall of Kabul and the return of the Taliban is not just a catastrophe but a strategic watershed as well. As Singapore was falling during World War II, then-Australian Prime Minister John Curtin made his famous …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #37 – Southeast Asia’s Maritime Security Should be a US-Japan Alliance Agenda
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This article is draws its core argument from the author’s more thoroughly documented contribution to “Maritime Governance Capacity Building: A U.S.-Japan Alliance Agenda for Rule of Law in the Indo-Pacific,” in Advancing…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #36 – 10 Things Every Sailor and Marine Should Know Before Deploying to Southeast Asia: A Regional Primer
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An earlier version of this article was published on the US Naval Institute Blog. With a little bit of advance preparation and intellectual investment, a deployment to Southeast Asia can be a life-changing professional experience…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #35 – South Korea’s Military Inferiority Complex Must End
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According to a survey by the Korea Institute for National Unification, in November 2020 more South Koreans believed that North Korea had a stronger military than South Korea. That changed for the first time in 2021—by a slim …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #34 – Advancing a Rules-Based Maritime Order in the Indo-Pacific
The following is an excerpt of Chapter 1 of Issues & Insights Vol. 21-SR2, edited for length. Read the full article or download the entire volume here. Many have called for stronger rule of law in maritime Indo-Pacific over …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #33 – Kim Jong Un’s Failures Could be Washington’s Gain
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At North Korea’s Eighth Party Congress in January, as state-run media reported ebullience among participants and extolled the virtues of Kim Jong Un’s leadership, external news noted a peculiarity: Kim’s admission that …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #32 – China: The Forgotten Nuclear Power No More
New evidence has surfaced that China may be expanding its nuclear arsenal much more and much faster than previously assumed, as experts from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies obtained satellite images showing …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #31 – The Structural Limits of the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative
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As a hub of global economic activity and great power tensions, the Indo-Pacific is home to an increasing number of minilateral arrangements shaping the future of the region. Groupings like the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #30 – “Moderate” Strategies on China Put Necessary Defense Measures at Risk
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A broad policy consensus in Washington, now entering its fourth year, has directed the Biden administration and bipartisan majorities in Congress regarding China. This has resulted in unprecedented legislative initiatives and …
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