Referring to President Obama’s birthplace of Hawai’i, the new ambassador from Micronesia recently greeted the President as a “fellow Pacific islander,” during a White House ceremony on January 18, 2012, welcoming new ambassadors to Washington, DC. Asterio Takesy is a senior Micronesian diplomat who has previously served as his country’s representative to the U.S. Formerly part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, established by the United Nations and administered by the U.S. beginning in 1947, Micronesia today depends on financial support from the U.S. pursuant to a Compact originally signed in 1986.
The Pacific island nation of Micronesia will soon have its eighth U.S. ambassador, a career Foreign Service Officer who will be serving her first ambassadorship. Dorothea-Maria (Doria) Rosen was nominated by President Obama on March 9, 2012, subject to Senate confirmation. This country of tiny, scattered islands in the Western Pacific used to be a territory of the U.S., which has had an embassy there since September 20, 1989.
A former Air Force translator, Peter A. Prahar, is the latest ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a country of tiny, scattered islands in the Western Pacific. In 1983, the US and FSM governments entered into a status of Free Association, which provides Micronesia with significant financial assistance in exchange for U.S. defense rights in the region. The FSM islands were part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, established after World War II by the United Nations but administered by the United States beginning in 1947. The FSM consists of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae. These four out of the original seven Trust Territory districts are together for one reason—the U.S. had no plans for military bases in any of them. President Barack Obama nominated Prahar for the post October 9, 2009, and he was confirmed by the Senate November 20.