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 Compacts of Free Association Are Key to Deterring a Taiwan Contingency
By Angela Smith
The current COFA renegotiation processes will have a huge impact on peace in the Pacific.
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?
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.
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
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
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
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
By Michael Walsh
Palau has the potential to meaningfully participate in more subregional architectures and initiatives.
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
By David Morris
Can Yap Island both protect its unique heritage and capitalize on Chinese investment?
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.