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What to Watch for as the US-Pacific Island Country Summit Begins
September 28, 2022

What to Watch for as the US-Pacific Island Country Summit Begins

By Patricia O’Brien
Behind the hopes and pageantry of the summit, there will be many challenges for both sides to navigate.

China, US Woo Pacific Island Nations
August 01, 2022

China, US Woo Pacific Island Nations

By Bonnie Girard
The Pacific Islands states have rejected China’s overreach. But are Washington’s efforts any more attractive?
Was China Behind Kiribati’s Withdrawal From the Pacific Islands Forum?
July 19, 2022

Was China Behind Kiribati’s Withdrawal From the Pacific Islands Forum?

By Martin Kwan
The withdrawal makes no strategic sense for China, but Kiribati had its own reasons to exit the PIF.

China, Climate Dominate Pacific Islands Forum Meeting
July 16, 2022

China, Climate Dominate Pacific Islands Forum Meeting

By Patricia O’Brien
The U.S. and Australia cannot meaningfully counter China’s rising influence without addressing the Pacific Islands’ top concern.

Can the US Open a ‘New Chapter’ With the Pacific?
July 14, 2022

Can the US Open a ‘New Chapter’ With the Pacific?

By Patricia O’Brien
A U.S. return to the Pacific could yield great benefit, but that return has to be done right, and it should start with an upscaling of America’s Pacific literacy.

Exit Kiribati? The Pacific Islands Forum Faces Further Strife
July 12, 2022

Exit Kiribati? The Pacific Islands Forum Faces Further Strife

By Larissa Stünkel and Marc Lanteigne
Despite a deal between the PIF and other Micronesian states, Kiribati declared it still intends to withdraw from the premier regional forum.

What Do the Pacific Island Countries Think About China?
June 30, 2022

What Do the Pacific Island Countries Think About China?

Henry Ivarature, Lice Movono, and Patricia O’Brien discuss the hopes and concerns Pacific Island governments – and people – have about China.
China’s Pacific Push Is Already Remaking the Region
June 14, 2022

China’s Pacific Push Is Already Remaking the Region

By Patricia O’Brien
After a whirlwind of visits and agreements, where does the Pacific region stand?

Can the US Follow up on Blinken’s Pacific Islands Outreach?
February 18, 2022

Can the US Follow up on Blinken’s Pacific Islands Outreach?

By Patricia O’Brien
With Blinken's trip to Fiji, the Biden administration wanted to signal a renewed focus on the Pacific Islands. It will take more than one trip to make that message stick.

Will Micronesia Stay in the Pacific Islands Forum After All?
February 14, 2022

Will Micronesia Stay in the Pacific Islands Forum After All?

By Gil Rickey
After a year of deadlock, Micronesian leaders signaled they will hold off on making their departure official.

How Pacific Regionalism Fell Apart
August 01, 2021

How Pacific Regionalism Fell Apart

By Steven Ratuva
It was almost inevitable that fractures would emerge within the Pacific Islands Forum.
A Patchwork Vaccine Rollout in the Pacific Islands
March 19, 2021

A Patchwork Vaccine Rollout in the Pacific Islands

By Andreyka Natalegawa and Camille Bismonte
Vaccine rollout in the Pacific has been anything but uniform.

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