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The amended U.S. Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands : less free, more compact

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Title: The amended U.S. Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands : less free, more compact
Authors: Underwood, Robert A.
LC Subject Headings: Compact of Free Association
Marshall Islands - Foreign relations - United States
United States - Foreign relations - Marshall Islands
Micronesia (Federated States) - Foreign relations - United States
United States - Foreign relations - Micronesia (Federated States)
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Honolulu: East-West Center
Series/Report no.: East-West Center working papers. Pacific Islands development series ; no. 16
Abstract: The proposed amendments to the Compacts of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) represent a significant change in their relationship with the U.S. The foremost issues for the U.S. are greater financial accountability and the establishment of trust funds to enhance budgetary self-reliance. Island interests include continuing eligibility for certain federal programs, the right to freely migrate to the U.S. and, for the RMI, U.S. payments for military operating rights on Kwajalein. While the strategic value of these two nations may be ascending, the new accountability procedures are likely to result in increased resentment toward the U.S. At the same time, adequate financial support is critical for the FSM and RMI governments to continue functioning in a manner that discourages out migration to Hawaii, Guam and other parts of the U.S. Historical, economic and security linkages will ensure continued direct U.S. involvement and additional compact changes in years to come.
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Pages/Duration: 20 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/3612
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