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U.S. Pacific Islands policy

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.
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.

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.

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.

Secretary Kerry’s Visit to Solomon Islands
August 18, 2014

Secretary Kerry’s Visit to Solomon Islands

By Eileen Natuzzi
The US Secretary of State makes some history and updates a relationship.
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