COMPACT OF FREE ASSOCIATION

Is the Compact of Free Association between the US and the FSM really renewed? I need more information about the status of the COFA Agreement between our country and US.

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  • The first Compact ran from c. 1986 to 2003. The Second Compact is currently fulfilling its obligations, although certain provisions, principally financial grants from the US to the FSM, will expire in 2023. There are statements from both parties that negotiations to amend the Compact again and to put in place additional US funding after 2023 will occur, but no negotiations have occurred and the US has not made any statements regarding its position in negotiations, should they occur.
  • The US has no choice but to heed or follow the recommendations of its sponsored /funded research.
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    Here are some key findings & recommendations by a recent research done by Rand Corporation, a US non-profit institution that helps improve public policy and decision making through research and analysis.

    Note: This research was sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and conducted within the International Security and Defense Policy Center of the RAND National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

    Research Questions:

    1) How and why are the Freely Associated States important to U.S. defense and foreign policy interests?

    2) What is the extent of Chinese influence in the Freely Associated States?

    3) How are other regional and international powers responding to Chinese influence in the region?

    4) How can the United States maintain its influence in the Freely Associated States?

    Key Findings:

    * U.S. funding to the Freely Associated States is key to strengthening engagement and preventing Chinese influence

    *The termination of grant-based economic assistance to the Freely Associated States could have a large impact on Chinese influence.

    *The Compacts of Free Association are a powerful tool that deny influence by actors other than the United States in Oceania.

    *The Pacific region is viewed by Chinese policymakers as a logical next step for the country's Belt and Road Initiative.

    *The conflict between Taiwan and China is played out at a micro level in the Freely Associated States, where two out of three countries recognize Taiwan.

    *The expiration of current funding streams from the United States to the Freely Associated States should serve as a catalyst for the opening of a productive new chapter in how the United States and its allies and
    partners engage with these countries.

    Recommendations:

    *The United States, its allies, and its partners should consider seeking ways to maintain appropriate levels of funding to the Freely Associated States.

    * The United States should also strengthen engagement in the Freely Associated States.

    *The United States should also strengthen engagement in the Freely Associated States

    The interesting part is that the RAND Corporation is an American nonprofit global policy think tank created in 1948 by Douglas Aircraft Company to offer research and analysis to the United States Armed Forces.
    It is financed by the U.S. government and private endowment, corporations, universities.

    For the actual report,
    just go to the Rand website.....https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2973.html
  • The rand corps plays a big part and has lots of influence in determining US policies. The highway of the ocean. Strategic denial. Use this information to negotiate and use it as leverage in the negotiation with the Trump Administration.
  • yuchleop , Sarem Chuuk's statement is factual and true, not spin or personal opinion.
  • So much weed smoke in this forum.
  • The sector grants (education, health, private sector developmemt, public sector capacity building, enhanced reporting and accountability, envrironment, and supplemental education grant) will cease under the current "Amended" Compact. Many U.S. Federal programs from the U.S. departments of Health and Education will continue.
  • edited September 16
    That is compact as amended. the current political climate in the region between the two supoer power USA and PRC , it looks like that amended compact is about to take a turn..
  • The Compact should continue as it was agreed upon. This would be beneficial to the Citizens of the FSM. Should we change, there will be repercussions. We should all be mindful of the give and take negotiation cards.
  • Oalong, the current compact as it was agreed upon calls for the financial provisions (sector grants), to end in the year 2023. Do you want the financial assistance from to stop? Or do you want them to continue? Perhaps increase the financial and economic benefits to the FSM?
  • It is cancelled. No more Compact or Covenant.
  • Cancelled? Nope. That's just wishful thinking on your part, Mr. Chinanuts. lol
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