PacNet #75 – Fiji’s management of geostrategic competition in 2023: How not to choose

September 26, 2023 As previously highlighted, the new Fijian prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka set a new course for Fiji’s domestic and foreign policies, including a seeming turn from China toward so-called traditional allies, such as Australia. However, the new Fijian government has also taken an approach of balancing external power interests that at times appears […]

De-risking semiconductor supply chains

Download the full publication here.   Unlike in other critical supply chains, the US and its partners currently have the edge in innovation and increasingly, production of semiconductors. Whether the US can hold on to its semiconductor supremacy depends on the success of its industrial policy and how quickly Beijing succeeds in domestic industry indigenization. […]

How China approaches military crises and the implications for crisis management

Download the full publication here.   Chapter from China’s Military Decision-making in Times of Crisis and Conflict This chapter examines China’s views of and approach to military crises and discusses the implications for crisis avoidance and management options, especially for the U.S. The following text is excerpted from our partner’s website, where you can read the […]

YL Blog #45 – Integrating Non-Military Instruments of National Power in Southeast Asia and the Pacific

In recent months, two major sub-regions of the Indo-Pacific have become the renewed epicenters for strategic power competition between Washington and Beijing. Officially designated as the “priority theater,” the Indo-Pacific is home to four distinct sub-regions: Northeast Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. While the United States has made considerable diplomatic headway with […]

PacNet #73 – Comparative Connections Summary: September 2023

Comparative Connections Summary: May-August 2023   REGIONAL OVERVIEW Building Partnerships Amidst Major Power Competition BY RALPH COSSA, PACIFIC FORUM & BRAD GLOSSERMAN, TAMA UNIVERSITY CRS/PACIFIC FORUM Major power competition was the primary topic du jure at virtually all of this trimester’s major multilateral gatherings, with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continuing to serve as a litmus test—a test many […]

Olivia Enos

Olivia Enos will start as Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute on Oct. 16, 2023. She previously worked as Washington Director for the Committee for Freedom in Hong Kong Foundation, and before that as Senior Policy Analyst for Asian Studies at the Heritage Foundation, where she wrote about international human rights issues including human trafficking, […]

YL Blog #43 – Strategic Ambiguity Remains in South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Survival Strategy

Breaking the long-standing diplomatic practice of strategic ambiguity between two major powers, South Korea took a step towards clarity concerning strategic objectives in the Indo-Pacific region. The timing and context surrounding the release of the first Indo-Pacific strategy are noteworthy, but how are national interests and values pursued? South Korea’s Indo-Pacific strategy, “Strategy for a […]