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PacNote #14 – Giving thanks after a productive 2022

Pacific Forum thanks all its supporters in the United States, in Asia and the Pacific, and around the world as 2022 comes to a close.

After nearly three years of challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic Pacific Forum’s staff and leadership continued their work, hosting more than 20 events locally, virtually, and internationally, continuing in the implementation of Track 1.5/Track 2 dialogues, and publishing timely original research, edited volumes, and commentary. In 2022, as the Indo-Pacific security community was rocked by events with little recent precedent—Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the assassination of long-serving Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo, or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan visit—Pacific Forum’s extensive network demonstrated its value, providing timely, prompt commentary on these events from angles that challenged conventional narratives.

Furthermore, Pacific Forum remains committed to mentoring emerging voices in foreisgn policy professionals through the Young Leaders Program, Hawaii Asia-Pacific Affairs Leadership (APAL) Program, and our fellowship opportunities. Through these programs, we continue to provide the next generation of diplomats, policymakers, academics, and other professionals with the analytical skills, research perspectives, and guidance needed to contribute to the development of practical policy solutions.

We remain heartened by the support of our international network who share in our goals of promoting innovation, dialogue, and security across the Indo-Pacific.

Below you will find examples of our timely research and commentary from the past year. Links to more than 80 online publications have been included for your reference, and recordings from a host of timely webinars conducted in partnership with institutions across the Indo-Pacific can be accessed on our YouTube channel. More detail on our programs in 2022 may be accessed via our calendar of events.

Looking ahead to 2023, we encourage you to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and to subscribe to our mailing list, to receive the latest updates from the organization in the coming year.

We look forward to engaging with you and continuing our work. Happy New Year and Mahalo!


  1. The limits of a securitized Japanese FOIP Vision by Stephen Nagy
  2. Balancing accessibility and quality in Blue Dot Network infrastructure finance by John Taishu Pitt
  3. Abe was key to the Indo-Pacific’s evolution by Brad Glosserman
  4. Comparative Connections Summary: January 2022
  5. AUKUS’ opportunities and risks for India by Manpreet Sethi
  6. What happens in Ukraine will not stay in Ukraine by Sergiy Korsunsky
  7. China’s growing confidence in drone warfare by Loro Horta
  8. Back to the past: The significance of Russia and China’s joint statement by Yu Bin
  9. Biden struggles as China advances in Southeast Asia by Robert Sutter
  10. Is the US capable of shaping a rules-based international order?’ by Robert A. Manning
  11. Nuclear submarines for our Pacific allies: When to say yes by Henry Sokolski
  12. Ukraine: China’s latest strategic blunder by Ralph A. Cossa
  13. What the Indo-Pacific sees in Ukraine by Stephen Nagy
  14. What the war in Ukraine means for Taiwan by Denny Roy
  15. Ukraine: A turning point in Japanese foreign policy? by Kristi Govella
  16. South Korea’s presidential election aftermath: Ukraine as test for a “global pivotal state” by Mason Richey
  17. Ukraine: After invasion, what? by David Santoro
  18. Ukraine and the decoupling of space cooperation with Russia by Philip Citowicki
  19. Myanmar: Words like “genocide” have consequences by David I. Steinberg
  20. After Ukraine – Enacting a realistic Japanese diplomatic security policy by Hideshi Futori
  21. India’s strategic autonomy: A lesson for Japan by Tomoko Kiyota
  22. Feminist foreign policy and Ukraine: For now, Japan leads the way by Hannah Cole, Maryruth Belsey-Priebe and Tevvi Bullock
  23. May is a major opportunity for US relations with Asia—especially economically by James A. Kelly
  24. Why it’s so hard to quit Chinese steel by Akash Sahu
  25. A Black Sea humanitarian food corridor to Odessa by Charles E. Morrison
  26. Why South Koreans see little difference in Biden’s North Korea policy by Timothy S. Rich, Ian Milden and Mallory Hardesty
  27. What Yoon Suk Yeol’s election means for minority rights in South Korea by Eun A Jo
  28. Comparative Connections Summary: May 2022
  29. Hints of a new North Korea nuclear strategy by Brad Glosserman
  30. Australia’s election: Quad continuity and climate alignment, with nuclear disagreements by Graeme Dobell
  31. Should the United States acknowledge mutual vulnerability with China? by David Santoro
  32. Scholarships in the Pacific Islands are an urgent US national security issue by Kimery Lynch
  33. China cannot hinder international navigation through Taiwan Strait by Tran Đinh Hoanh
  34. Why ASEAN should heed the distant tolling of bells by Patrick O’Connor
  35. Abe Shinzo and the Japan-South Korea relationship: Near- and long-term legacies by Jada Fraser
  36. Post-Abe Indo-Pacific regional dynamics: A legacy beyond the man by Stephen Nagy
  37. Abe’s death creates a void in Japan by Brad Glosserman
  38. China’s “containment” policy against America by Denny Roy
  39. Abe Shinzo’s legacy in Southeast Asia by Kei Koga
  40. Abe Shinzo: How to handle an unpredictable America by Rob York
  41. Another “hotline” with China isn’t the answer by Lyle J. Morris and Colonel Kyle Macrum
  42. Their money our way: Influencing highly capable allies and partners by Lieutenant Colonel Jason Kim
  43. Post-Abe India-Japan ties: Does Kishida have what it takes? by Jagannath Panda
  44. “Hybrid multilateralism” and the Yoon pursuit of middle power strategy by Shin-wha Lee
  45. The prescience of Abe’s vision for Taiwan by Shihoko Goto
  46. Correcting the Narrative on China’s “New Era-gance”: Taipei, Washington, and many are angry at Beijing’s bullying by Shirley Kan
  47. Time for difficult choices on Myanmar by Gregory B. Poling
  48. Are small modular reactors the solution to growing energy and climate problems? by David Santoro
  49. Continued evolutions in the regional architecture of the Indo-Pacific by Thomas Wilkins
  50. China’s new (old) Taiwan white paper: What’s the point? by Jake Steiner
  51. Five years after the Rohingya exodus, no significant development by Mufassir Rashid
  52. The first year of Japan’s Digital Agency: In pursuit of coherence and identity by Raymond Yamamoto
  53. How the United States can build a chip alliance in Northeast Asia without decoupling by Major Jessica Taylor and Jonathan Corrado
  54. Comparative Connections Summary: September 2022
  55. Understanding Japan’s defense debate by Brad Glosserman
  56. Employing “smart power” to counter PRC efforts in Oceania by Peter C. Oleson
  57. What Indo-Pacific countries should do about Taiwan by Huynh Tam Sang
  58. The strategic importance of the Pacific Islands to Taiwan by Michael Walsh and John Hemmings
  59. How the new National Security Strategy transforms US China policy by Brad Glosserman
  60. The Myth of Taiwan as a Pacific Nation by Michael Walsh, Wen-Chi Yang, Adam Morrow
  61. The new National Security Strategy in the context of an unstated “cold war” by John Hemmings
  62. Myanmar’s emerging national identity could change everything by Wayland Blue
  63. AUKUS: Stepping boldly into space by Philip Citowicki
  64. The Biden-Xi summit: Not revolutionary, but still necessary by Daniel R. DePetris
  65. To change Taiwan’s conscription system, change the culture by Claire Tiunn (Chang)
  66. Finally at the table, not on the menu: Canada launches its Indo-Pacific strategy by Stephen Nagy
  67. After Ukraine, the need for a collectively framed new order by Ron Huisken
  68. South Korea’s role in a Taiwan contingency: Indirect but essential by Sungmin Cho

Issues & Insights

  1. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP1 — Progress and Challenges to Implementing Women, Peace and Security in Southeast Asia by Jennifer Howe
  2. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP2 — Compound Gender-Climate-Security Threats and Vulnerabilities within the Indo-Pacific by Maryruth Belsey Priebe
  3. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP3 — Feminist Peace and Security and The Other ASEAN Way by Maria Tanyag
  4. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP4 — Trouble on the Rocks: US Policy in East China Sea and South China Sea Disputes by Akhil Ramesh
  5. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR1 — Resilient Alliance: Moving the US-Philippines Security Relations Forward Edited by Jeffrey Ordaniel and Carl Baker
  6. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR2 — US-China Mutual Vulnerability: Perspectives on the Debate Edited by David Santoro
  7. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR 3 — South Korea’s Place in the Indo-Pacific: A Research Showcase for Pacific Forum’s Korea Foundation Fellows Edited by Rob York
  8. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR4 — Small Modular Reactors: The Next Phase for Nuclear Power in the Indo-Pacific? Edited by David Santoro and Carl Baker
  9. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR5 — US-Singapore: Advancing Technological Collaboration and Innovation in Southeast Asia Edited by Mark Bryan Manantan
  10. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP6 — Chinese Cyber Nationalism During the Pandemic: A Discourse Analysis of Zhihu by Talkeetna Saiget
  11. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR6 — AUKUS: A Look Back at The First Analyses Edited by David Santoro and Rob York
  12. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR7 — Abe Shinzo: In Memoriam Edited by Rob York
  13. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR8 — Next Steps for the US-China Strategic Nuclear Relationship Edited by David Santoro
  14. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, SR9 — An Alliance Renewed? Future-proofing US-Japan Security Relations Edited by Christopher Lamont and Jeffrey Ordaniel
  15. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, WP7 — Rising from the Ashes: The Future of Arms Control by Victor Mizin and Yue Yuan
  16. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, CR1 – Getting Past Constraints: Deepening US Security Relations with Vietnam and Indonesia by Jeffrey Ordaniel and Carl Baker
  17. Issues & Insights Vol. 22, CR2 – US-Taiwan Deterrence and Defense Dialogue: Responding to Increased Chinese Aggressiveness by Ralph Cossa

Comparative Connections

  1. Volume 23, Issue 3
  2. Volume 24, Issue 1
  3. Volume 24, Issue 2