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America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain
September 05, 2020

America Is Betting Big on the Second Island Chain

By Derek Grossman
Defense Secretary Esper's recent visits to Palau and Guam highlight the importance of the Second Island Chain to U.S. interests -- and China's growing influence there.

US Defense Secretary Esper Visits Tiny Palau, Highlighting US-China Competition
August 27, 2020

US Defense Secretary Esper Visits Tiny Palau, Highlighting US-China Competition

By Associated Press
The island nation is an example of the battleground on which the United States and China are pursuing a "great power" competition for global influence.
Why the Compacts of Free Association Matter to Washington
June 09, 2020

Why the Compacts of Free Association Matter to Washington

By Grant Wyeth
With its eyes on China, the United States seeks to reaffirm its presence in the western Pacific.

Chuuk State’s Delayed Independence Vote Approaches
February 14, 2020

Chuuk State’s Delayed Independence Vote Approaches

By Adam Kiedrowski
Chuuk, the most populous part of the Federated States of Micronesia, is set to vote on whether to seek independence in March 2020.

Rethinking Palau's Place in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific
June 18, 2019

Rethinking Palau's Place in the Free and Open Indo-Pacific

By Michael Walsh
Palau has the potential to meaningfully participate in more subregional architectures and initiatives.

The United States Needs a COFA Strategy
May 11, 2019

The United States Needs a COFA Strategy

By Michael Walsh
Over the next few years, the United States is expected to start renegotiating the terms of its Compacts of Free Association.

A Remote Pacific Island Faces up to China
June 26, 2017

A Remote Pacific Island Faces up to China

By David Morris
Can Yap Island both protect its unique heritage and capitalize on Chinese investment?
America’s Micronesia Problem
February 19, 2016

America’s Micronesia Problem

By Thomas R. Matelski
The end of the Compact of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia would have serious repercussions.

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