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

Nikkei Asia – Solomons ‘Unfairly Targeted’ Since Recognizing China: Prime Minister

The prime minister of the Solomon Islands complained on Friday that his country had been subjected to “a barrage of unwarranted and misplaced criticisms, misinformation and intimidation” since formalizing diplomatic relations with China in 2019.

The Straits Times – Antony Blinken and Wang Yi Meet to Contain High Tensions On Taiwan

Senior diplomats from the United States and China met on Friday with tensions high after an explicit pledge by US President Joe Biden to defend Taiwan.

The Diplomat – South Korea, US, Japan Reaffirm Joint Stance on North Korea’s Missile Threats

The top diplomats from the three countries met in New York on Thursday to coordinate the joint response over North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

The Straits Times – ST Explains: Why Is Ex-Japan PM Abe’s State Funeral Controversial?

A state funeral for assassinated former prime minister Shinzo Abe has become a lightning rod for controversy, prompting demonstrations and even an apparent act of attempted self-immolation.

Nikkei Asia – Analysis: Xi’s New Diplomacy Keeps Putin’s War at Arm’s Length

China reaches out to Kazakhstan, as Central Asian country sours with Moscow.

Reuters – Taiwan Denounces China’s Peaceful ‘Reunification’ Pledge

Taiwan will never allow China to “meddle” in its future, the government said on Wednesday, after a Chinese government spokesperson said Beijing was willing to make the utmost effort to strive for a peaceful “reunification” with the island.