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U.S. in the Pacific Islands

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.

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.

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