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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 #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 …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #36 – Countering China’s Influence Operations: Lessons from Australia
This is an abridged version of a commentary originally published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. In 2017 a rising politician in the Australian Labor Party, Senator Sam Dastyari, proclaimed at a press …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #35 – India: The Solution to Australia’s Reliance on China?
An earlier version of this article was published by the Australian Institute for International Affairs. Australia would benefit from an increase in both economic and strategic ties with India. Strong trade and closer ties with …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
PacNet #34 – Covid-19: Boosting Indo-Pacific Alignment and India’s Regional Role
Covid-19 is regarded by many as the catalyst for a new world order, pivoted toward the Indo-Pacific—the geopolitical and geoeconomic nerve center of the 21st century. Faced with the common challenge of a non-traditional …
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