Roundtables

Roundtables


South Korea’s Presidential Election

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February 23, 2022

South Korea’s Presidential Election

On Feb. 23, 2022, Pacific Forum organized a Comparative Connections Roundtable that discussed South Korea’s presidential race, the results of which may cause a shift in Seoul’s relations with the US, China, and Japan. The session was moderated by Ralph Cossa (Pacific Forum), and featured Dr. Mason Richey (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul), Mr. Scott A. Snyder (Council…
Japan’s Elections and its Foreign Relations

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November 3, 2021

Japan’s Elections and its Foreign Relations

On Nov. 3, 2021, Pacific Forum organized the Comparative Connections Roundtable that discussed the recent elections in Japan and their impact on regional partnerships, particularly with ASEAN member states in Southeast Asia and the wider Indo-Pacific region. The session was moderated by Brad Glosserman (Pacific Forum/Tama University), and featured Dr. June Teufel Dreyer (University of Miami), Dr. Kei Koga (Nanyang…
ASEAN Centrality after the Myanmar Coup

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June 14, 2021

ASEAN Centrality after the Myanmar Coup

On June 14 the Pacific Forum hosted its first Comparative Connections Roundtable on the subject of ASEAN Centrality after the Myanmar Coup. The session was the first in a series of events in which authors from Comparative Connections: A Triannual Journal of Bilateral Relations in the Indo-Pacific, meet to discuss timely matters of importance to the region as a whole.

Daily Digest

Associated Press – North Korea’s suspected COVID-19 caseload nears 2 million

North Korea reported 262,270 more cases of people with suspected symptoms of COVID-19 as its pandemic caseload neared 2 million — a week after the country acknowledged the outbreak and scrambled to slow the rate of infections despite a lack of health care resources.

South China Morning Post – China’s Yang Jiechi warns US security adviser Jake Sullivan about Washington’s Taiwan moves

China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, warned US national security adviser Jake Sullivan on Wednesday that the United States was “on the wrong path” regarding Taiwan and that its moves could lead to “dangerous situations”.

Nikkei Asia – Thailand to join talks on U.S.-led Indo-Pacific framework

Thailand will join negotiations on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, an initiative proposed by U.S. President Joe Biden in response to China’s growing clout in the region.

Reuters – How Turkey spoiled NATO’s historic moment with Finland, Sweden

When Finland and Sweden signalled they were thinking of making the historic decision joining NATO, the alliance expected a tough response from Moscow, not from one of its own.

Yonhap News Agency – U.S. Concerned About COVID Outbreak in North Korea, No Delay in Nuclear Test Expected: State Dept.

The United States is deeply concerned about the COVID-19 outbreak in North Korea and supports providing humanitarian assistance, including COVID-19 vaccines, to the impoverished country, a state department spokesperson said Tuesday.

The Diplomat – Does the Russia-Ukraine War Herald a New Era for Japan’s Security Policy?

Is the war in Ukraine creating a Japanese Zeitenwende? It might be up to Prime Minister Kishida.