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The US Is Squandering Its COFA Advantage in the Pacific
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?

Strong Showing for the Pacific at Biden’s Summit for Democracy
November 30, 2021

Strong Showing for the Pacific at Biden’s Summit for Democracy

By Grant Wyeth
The Pacific Islands have not been overlooked by the White House, although the region’s democracies face challenges, too.
Nuclear Justice for the Marshall Islands
July 01, 2021

Nuclear Justice for the Marshall Islands

By Jon Letman
Seventy-five years after the U.S. began testing nuclear weapons in the Pacific, the Marshall Islands stand at a new crossroads.

The US Should Apologize to the Marshall Islands for Nuclear Tests
April 30, 2021

The US Should Apologize to the Marshall Islands for Nuclear Tests

By Ivana Nikolić-Hughes, Glenn Alcalay, and Hart Rapaport
The United States tested 67 nuclear weapons from 1946 to 1958 in what is now the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Pacific States Gather Behind Nuke Ban Treaty
November 09, 2020

Pacific States Gather Behind Nuke Ban Treaty

By Joshua Mcdonald
Many nations across the Pacific, directly impacted by nuclear testing, have backed the ban -- but not all.

How the US Military Wound up ‘Poisoning the Pacific’
November 04, 2020

How the US Military Wound up ‘Poisoning the Pacific’

By Shannon Tiezzi
Author Jon Mitchell discusses the environmental contamination that has accompanied the U.S. military presence in Japan, Guam, the Marshall Islands, and elsewhere.

PIF Fragmentation May Alter US-China Competition in the Pacific
October 14, 2020

PIF Fragmentation May Alter US-China Competition in the Pacific

By Derek Grossman
A looming north-south split in the Pacific Islands Forum poses both challenges and opportunities to the rival superpowers.
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.

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.

Taiwan and the Pacific: One Big, Happy Austronesian Family
January 09, 2019

Taiwan and the Pacific: One Big, Happy Austronesian Family

By Grant Wyeth
In focusing efforts to promote its indigenous peoples and culture, Taiwan is making a political gambit in the Pacific as well.

America's Overlooked Pacific Island Partners
December 19, 2017

America's Overlooked Pacific Island Partners

By Scott Leis
The U.S. is finally taking a more overt interest in the strategic importance of the Freely Associated States.
A Plea for Sense on International Day Against Nuclear Tests
August 29, 2017

A Plea for Sense on International Day Against Nuclear Tests

By Bunny McDiarmid
Can the world come to its senses on nuclear weapons?

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