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The Importance of America’s Pacific Family

The Importance of America’s Pacific Family

By Cleo Paskal
Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are the United States’ closest allies. And they’re essential for a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Is This the End of the COFA Saga?

Is This the End of the COFA Saga?

By Patricia O’Brien
With COFA funding expected to finally get congressional approval, the U.S. will need to work to overcome the negative perceptions generated by the protracted struggle to fund vital U.S. Pacific partners. 
COFA Collateral Damage and Its Consequences: A View from Palau

COFA Collateral Damage and Its Consequences: A View from Palau

By Patricia O’Brien
Palau President Surangel Whipps says that “there was optimism and hope” when the Palau-U.S. compact agreement was signed. But concerns are mounting as funding stalls in the U.S. Congress.

US Congress’ COFA Delay Jeopardizes a Key Element of the ’Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ 

US Congress’ COFA Delay Jeopardizes a Key Element of the ’Free and Open Indo-Pacific’ 

By Cleo Paskal
The U.S. government concluded COFA renewal talks with Palau, Micronesia, and the Marshall Islands in 2023. Months later, Congress has yet to approve the funding.

China Threatens US Interests in Micronesia, Former President Warns

China Threatens US Interests in Micronesia, Former President Warns

By Camilla Pohle
If Compact funding remains stuck in limbo, the Freely Associated States will be increasingly vulnerable to China’s influence, David Panuelo warned.

‘Oppenheimer,’ Nuclear Amnesia, and the US Pacific Legacy

‘Oppenheimer,’ Nuclear Amnesia, and the US Pacific Legacy

By Patricia O’Brien
At the very time the Marshall Islands COFA negotiations began to falter over the U.S. atomic legacy, “Oppenheimer” appeared in cinemas.

US Pacific Policy Forges Ahead With Successful 2nd Summit

US Pacific Policy Forges Ahead With Successful 2nd Summit

By Patricia O’Brien
Despite domestic political headwinds, Biden’s engagement at the second U.S.-Pacific Islands summit was welcomed, as were newly announced funds, initiatives and an expanding diplomatic footprint.
US Pacific Policy in China’s Shadow

US Pacific Policy in China’s Shadow

By Cleo Paskal
Washington has indeed stepped up engagement, but missteps, half-steps, and mixed messaging are getting in the way.

US Given OK to Enforce Maritime Law Around Palau as Washington Vies With China for Pacific Influence

US Given OK to Enforce Maritime Law Around Palau as Washington Vies With China for Pacific Influence

By David Rising
U.S. Coast Guard ships can now enforce regulations inside Palau's exclusive economic zone on behalf of the nation without a Palauan officer present.

Politics Risk Derailing One of America’s Most Important Strategic Agreements

Politics Risk Derailing One of America’s Most Important Strategic Agreements

By Cleo Paskal
China is the biggest winner from the current train wreck that is the Marshall Islands–United States COFA negotiations.

Despite Biden’s Absence, US Makes Inroads With Pacific Islands

Despite Biden’s Absence, US Makes Inroads With Pacific Islands

By Nick Perry and Shannon Tiezzi
President Biden had to cancel his trip to the Pacific Island country, so Secretary of State Blinken oversaw the signing of new deals with Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, and Palau.
Pacific Migrants Are Caught in the Tangled Web of US Healthcare Politics

Pacific Migrants Are Caught in the Tangled Web of US Healthcare Politics

By Sandeep Kandikuppa, Paulina Perman, and Mary Therese Perez Hattori
COFA migrants’ struggle to access Medicaid is a microcosm of the inequities that still plague the U.S. approach to Pacific Island communities. 

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