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U.S. in the Pacific Islands

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.

With Blinken’s Visit to Fiji, the US Returns to the Pacific
February 16, 2022

With Blinken’s Visit to Fiji, the US Returns to the Pacific

By Grant Wyeth
China drew Washington’s attention back to the Pacific, but regional states hope the U.S. engages beyond geopolitical competition.

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?

The Solomon Islands Crisis Shows America Needs a New Pacific Strategy
December 17, 2021

The Solomon Islands Crisis Shows America Needs a New Pacific Strategy

By Alexander B. Gray and Cleo Paskal
The U.S. has been largely subcontracting its foreign policy for many Pacific Islands to Australia and New Zealand. That needs to change.

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region
September 29, 2021

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region

By Sasha Davis
How a faulty geographical mindset is leading policymakers astray in the region.
American Pacific Islanders Deserve Protection – In the Pacific
June 30, 2021

American Pacific Islanders Deserve Protection – In the Pacific

By Robert C. O’Brien
It’s past time to provide U.S. maritime protection to American Samoa.

How the US Can Protect the Sovereignty of the Smallest Pacific Islands
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.

How the Pacific Islands Forum Fell Apart
February 10, 2021

How the Pacific Islands Forum Fell Apart

By Cleo Paskal
The decision by Micronesian countries to leave the PIF will have major strategic implications.

US Defense Secretary Esper Visits Tiny Palau, Highlighting US-China Competition
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.
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.

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