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Original commentary from Pacific Forum Young Leaders that presents next-generation analysis and reactions to regional issues and challenges, often based on their participation in senior-level conferences and dialogues.
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YL Blog #32 – Smoother Sailing: Strengthening Indo-Pacific Partnerships Through Jones Act Reform
Bottom Line Up Front The Russia-Ukraine conflict highlighted Hawaii’s dependence on foreign oil, an issue exacerbated by the Jones Act. The law’s restrictions on shipping make domestic oil imports to Hawaii considerably more…
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YL Blog #31 – Community-based Watershed Management for Socio-Cultural Benefits in Hawai‘i
Introduction Hawai‘i’s recent water shortage and contamination events warrant the revitalization of mechanisms towards community-based watershed management now more than ever before. The dominance of both the tourism industr…
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YL Blog #30 – Model Species Protection Policy in the USAPR: A Hawai‘i Case Study
Introduction In 2021, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) announced that $1,541,421 in grant money would be awarded to combat invasive species as part of a larger endeavor to reduce the negati…
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YL Blog #29: Robust and All-out Support for Ukraine Contributes to Deterrence in the Taiwan Strait
At the 6th Global Opinion Leaders Summit hosted by WSD, the Japan Forum on International Relations, and the International Democratic Union, the key theme repeated by the former prime ministers was the need for “solidarity.” …
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YL Blog #28: Alliance Thinking About Deterrence in the Pacific Islands Region
Introduction When discussions regarding strategic competition between the United States and China invariably turn to potential sites or circumstances for military confrontation — if not deterring conflict in the first instance…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
YL Blog #27: Reinforcing the US Extended Deterrence in the ROK and Japan
I attended the US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue on September 5-6, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii as a part of Pacific Forum Young Leaders delegation. In this piece, I would like to discuss key lessons of the dialogue session at …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
YL Blog #26 – Extended Deterrence in the Age of Trump: Hardware, Software, and Malware
2019 US-ROK-Japan Trilateral Strategic Dialogue offered an excellent forum to gauge the current strategic thinking and debates in Washington, Tokyo, and Seoul. The event comprised experts’ remarks apropos the extended deterren…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
YL Blog #24: Regions and Its Contestations
The first plenary session of the Asia-Pacific roundtable, titled Asia Pacific vs. Indo Pacific: rationale, contestation and implications brought into light two fundamental questions of what a region is and why we are experiencin…
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
YL Blog #25: The Advancement of China’s Tech Industry and Their Attitude of Self-Reliance
For the past 33 years, the Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR) has been a primary convention for policy makers and opinion drivers to engage in meaningful discussions on strategic issues and challenges for the Asia Pacific region. As …
PacNet #13 – Keep an eye on North Korean cyber-crime as the Covid-19 spreads
YL Blog #23 – Pragmatism Versus Principles: How Regional Actors Are Navigating the China-U.S. Standoff in the Indo-Pacific
The 33rd Asian Pacific Roundtable, held 24 to 26 June 2019, was enveloped by two major developments in the region: the start of the U.S.-China trade dispute and the publication of the United States’ Indo-Pacific Strategy, whic…
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