International Security & Foreign Policy

Defending the U.S. Freely Associated States Against Malign Influence and Natural Disaster

Grant Year: 2022


Cleo Paskal will examine ways to strengthen security cooperation between the United States and its Freely Associated States (FAS) in the context of China’s ambitions in Oceania. She will examine China’s pressure campaigns against the FAS states of Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. She will then assess the merits of establishing a national security council within each FAS country, supported by a cadre of intelligence analysts and a national guard coordinator. The project’s findings will be presented in a report.

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies International Security & Foreign Policy

$175,000