Camilla Pohle-Anderson is a senior program specialist on the Southeast Asia team at USIP, where her work focuses on peace and stability in the Pacific Islands. 

Before joining USIP, she worked for the U.S. government as a political analyst covering the Pacific Islands, including their politics, security and foreign policy. 

Pohle-Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in history from Mount Holyoke College.

Publications By Camilla

The Next Five Years Are Crucial for Bougainville’s Independence Bid

The Next Five Years Are Crucial for Bougainville’s Independence Bid

Friday, August 12, 2022

By: Brian Harding;  Camilla Pohle-Anderson

Now that Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has been reelected, the stage is set for him to settle what he has called the biggest issue facing the country — the future political status of Bougainville, an autonomous region seeking independence by 2027. Papua New Guinea is unlikely to let it secede, but Bougainville is unlikely to settle for anything less than full independence, and positive relations between the two governments will be of paramount importance in the coming years. Meanwhile, intensifying U.S.-China competition in the South Pacific creates wider implications for Bougainville’s potential independence.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global PolicyPeace Processes

Solomon Islands: WWII Legacy Unresolved 80 Years After Guadalcanal Campaign

Solomon Islands: WWII Legacy Unresolved 80 Years After Guadalcanal Campaign

Thursday, August 4, 2022

By: Brian Harding;  Camilla Pohle-Anderson

On August 7, the Solomon Islands will commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Guadalcanal campaign during a visit from U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and U.S. Ambassador to Australia Caroline Kennedy, whose fathers both fought there in World War II. As the United States and its partners look to strengthen their relationships with the Solomon Islands, addressing the enduring legacies of WWII — particularly the issue of unexploded ordnance — should be a renewed focus.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global PolicyPeace Processes

China’s Search for a Permanent Military Presence in the Pacific Islands

China’s Search for a Permanent Military Presence in the Pacific Islands

Thursday, July 21, 2022

By: Brian Harding;  Camilla Pohle-Anderson

In April, China signed an unprecedented security pact with the Solomon Islands, sparking regional concerns of a future Chinese military presence there. China’s pursuit of greater military reach in the Pacific Islands draws parallels to Imperial Japan’s construction of bases prior to World War II, and the implications are, likewise, strikingly similar. A Chinese military presence in the Pacific Islands could complicate transit between Australia and the United States, allow Beijing to increase its power projection in the second and third island chains, and bring Chinese military firepower closer than ever to Australian and U.S. territory. Can the United States and its partners prevent such an outcome?

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Global Policy

Pacific Islands Forum: Leaders Want to Focus on Climate Change, Not Geopolitics

Pacific Islands Forum: Leaders Want to Focus on Climate Change, Not Geopolitics

Thursday, July 7, 2022

By: Brian Harding;  Camilla Pohle-Anderson

The annual Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Leaders Meeting will convene next week in Suva, Fiji, against the backdrop of increasing geopolitical competition in the region. But as the United States and its partners grow increasingly wary of China’s strategic interests in the Pacific Islands, leaders of PIF member states seek to shift regional attention to their greatest security concern: climate change.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

EnvironmentGlobal Policy

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