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U.S. in the Pacific Islands

Foreshadowing the US Marine Corps Landing at Guam’s Camp Blaz
March 11, 2023

Foreshadowing the US Marine Corps Landing at Guam’s Camp Blaz

By Kenneth Gofigan Kuper and Leland Bettis
Metaphorical mines litter the landing site for the Marines at Camp Blaz, from a lack of preparedness to a lack of true community consent.

The Politics of Apology in the Pacific
February 25, 2023

The Politics of Apology in the Pacific

By Patricia O’Brien
Besides being the right thing to do, apologies bring diplomatic and political gains in a region haunted by colonial and imperial atrocities.
Why France-US Relations Matter for the Pacific
December 23, 2022

Why France-US Relations Matter for the Pacific

By Guy C. Charlton and Xiang Gao
Increased French-U.S. cooperation in the region should be welcome news to Pacific Island states.

What Did the US-Pacific Summit Achieve?
October 06, 2022

What Did the US-Pacific Summit Achieve?

By Patricia O’Brien
For all the talk of China and geopolitics, climate change and funding remained at the top of Pacific leaders’ agenda.

Solomon Islands Insisted China References Be Removed Before Signing US-Pacific Partnership Declaration
October 05, 2022

Solomon Islands Insisted China References Be Removed Before Signing US-Pacific Partnership Declaration

By Nick Perry
Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele explained why his government was going to refuse to sign the pact.

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.
Is Anyone Listening to the Pacific Islands?
July 01, 2022

Is Anyone Listening to the Pacific Islands?

By Cleo Paskal
What do people of the Pacific Islands think about China’s plans for the region and the U.S. response?

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?

It’s Game On in the Pacific
May 28, 2022

It’s Game On in the Pacific

By Patricia O’Brien
Australia’s new government and the United States are both moving urgently to boost ties with Pacific Island countries as the scope of China’s ambition becomes clear.
Time for the US to Step Up in Solomon Islands
April 19, 2022

Time for the US to Step Up in Solomon Islands

By Anne-Marie Brady
Washington must start to shape its own policy on the Solomons, otherwise Campbell’s trip is a fool’s errand.

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