Roundtables

Roundtables


Japan’s Elections and its Foreign Relations

ROUNDTABLE

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

ROUNDTABLE

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

The Straits Times – Senior US diplomat for East Asia promises to increase engagement with Asean

The United States wants to increase its presence and engagement with Southeast Asian nations to demonstrate its commitment to ASEAN centrality, Washington’s senior diplomat for East Asian affairs has said.

The Diplomat – Which Asia-Pacific Countries Were (and Weren’t) Invited to the US Summit for Democracy?

The guest list underscores the region’s ambivalent relationship with democracy and political freedom.

Asia Times – Political dynasties fight to run the Philippines

The “UniTeam” of ex-dictator’s son Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr and presidential daughter and former Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte has rapidly emerged as a formidable tandem ahead of next year’s Philippine elections.

South China Morning Post – China, US set for meeting of top military officials amid Taiwan tensions

China and the US are preparing for a meeting between their top military officials amid rising tensions over Taiwan and an arms race over the most lethal hypersonic weapons.

Inquirer – Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

Bangkok Post – Calls to speed up link to Laos-China line

The government is being advised to speed up the development of a rail network linking Thailand’s rail system with the Laos-China Railway, which connects Kunming in China’s Yunnan province with Vientiane, the capital of Laos.