February 08, 2022
The US Is Squandering Its COFA Advantage in the Pacific
By Patricia O’Brien
The Compacts of Free Association (COFA) between the U.S. and the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau touch on nearly every U.S. national priority. So why are renegotiations stuck in limbo?
May 07, 2021
How the US Can Protect the Sovereignty of the Smallest Pacific Islands
By Alexander B. Gray
As the Biden administration confronts China’s growing assertiveness, the challenges confronting the smallest Pacific Islands should be front of mind.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.