Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School Teacher Recognized with Tomodachi Award – 6/13/19

The Islands Society is pleased to announce its official recognition of Starr Asselin for her efforts to inspire and empower children in the Pacific Islands Region.

Tomodachi Award

The Tomodachi Award is an annual award that recognizes the staff member or program participant who most exceeded the requirements established for their position. This year, the Islands Society recognizes Starr Asselin for her lesson plan to educate Grade 3-5 children about leadership in the context of the exploration of the Pacific.

About Islands Society

The Islands Society is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. 

Regional Think Tank to Focus on American Samoa, CNMI, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau – 6/12/19

The Islands Society is pleased to announce a revised mission for the organization. 

The Islands Society will conduct hyper-regional research on social policy, political strategy, and health activities.

In support of this mission, the Islands Society will redirect future programming toward education, health, homelessness, and public safety initiatives that support integrated community development in Hawaii, the U.S. Pacific Territories, the Compact of Free Association (COFA) States, and the Republic of Kiribati.

Separately, the Islands Society will launch a series of working groups to explore the strategic options that state politicians could adopt with respect to future renegotiations of the Compacts of Free Association and their associated agreements. Initially, these working groups will be established for the states of Arkansas, Hawaii, and Washington.

Finally, the Islands Society will launch a new publication entitled The COFA SITREP. This publication will provide a global platform for subject matter experts to share their insights on developments involving the Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau. 

According to Michael Edward Walsh, Founder of the Islands Society, “Back in 2011, we launched our nonprofit as the Pacific Islands Society. At that time, our vision was to provide the people of Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Territories with the knowledge, skills, networks, and exposure to make their voices heard on the world stage. Later, we shifted from a regional to a global focus. As a consequence, we expanded our mission to meet the needs of other insular communities. While we have benefited from that global perspective, it took our focus away from our raison d’être. We realized that needs to change. So, we are going back to our roots. And, we will exclusively focus our efforts on regional research on social policy, political strategy, and health activities in American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and Palau.”

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The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to respect, inspire, and empower coastal communities around the world.

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Islands Society Launches Somaliland Essay Competition – 11/25/17

The Islands Society is issuing an open call to young professionals to participate in its annual essay competition. This year, the nonprofit is calling upon young professionals to respond to the following question: “How can the people of Somaliland achieve maritime security by 2030?”

Young professionals interested in participating in the essay competition are invited to submit an article of 800-1,000 words on “How can the people of Somaliland achieve maritime security by 2030?” They are also asked to provide a short bio and two references.

All materials must be emailed to pr@islandssociety.org by 5:00pm East Africa Time Zone on January 30, 2018. Only completed applications received by that date and time will be considered.

Selected essays will be professionally edited and published on Next Generation Perspectives. A press release will also be issued and the articles will be shared with over 3,000 contacts across the region.

Note: While preference will be given to young scholars and young professionals who are current or former residents of Somaliland, the essay competition is open to young scholars and young professionals around the world who have an interest in the region.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to respect, inspire, and empower coastal communities around the world.

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Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for Turkish Military Base in Mogadishu, Somalia – 11/25/17

Today, the Islands Society launched a base tracker for overseas military base of the Republic of Turkey in Mogadishu, Somalia. The tracker provides the general public with a way to observe changes in and around the Chinese base over time through targeted geo-spatial imagery. Moving forward, the geo-spatial imagery will be updated as new imagery becomes available.

To view the new Base Tracker, click here.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage.

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Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for Chinese Military Base in Doraleh, Djibouti – 11/25/17

Today, the Islands Society has launched a base tracker for overseas military base of the People’s Republic of China in Doraleh, Djibouti. The tracker provides the general public with a way to observe changes in and around the Chinese base over time through targeted geo-spatial imagery. Moving forward, the geo-spatial imagery will be updated as new imagery becomes available.

To view the new Base Tracker, click here.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage.

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Islands Society Launches Base Tracker for UAE Military Base in Assab, Eritrea – 11/25/17

Today, the Islands Society has launched a base tracker for overseas military base of the United Arab Emirates in Assab, Eritrea. The tracker provides the general public with a way to observe changes in and around the Emirati base over time through targeted geo-spatial imagery. Moving forward, the geo-spatial imagery will be updated as new imagery becomes available.

To view the new Base Tracker, click here.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage.

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Michael Edward Walsh to Attend Conference on the Djibouti Code of Conduct – 10/28/17

Tomorrow, Michael Edward Walsh will attend the Conference on the Djibouti Code of Conduct. The event is being held at the Djibouti Regional Training Center in Doraleh, Djibouti.

About Michael Edward Walsh

Michael Edward Walsh is a research fellow for African Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Separately, he is also president of the Islands Society and director of the Overseas Military Bases in Africa Initiative. Over the last decade, Mr. Walsh’s work has appeared in dozens of international news outlets and think tank publications. He has also received a number of awards, including the Vivian Award from the National Press Club and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage.

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Michael Edward Walsh Invited to Give Lecture at Camp Lemonnier – 8/14/17

Tomorrow, Michael Edward Walsh will presenting a guest lecture to senior military personnel assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa. The lecture is part of the Horn of Africa Experts Speaking Series organized by the Department of Defense.

About Michael Edward Walsh

Michael Edward Walsh is a research fellow for African Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Separately, he is also president of the Islands Society and director of the Overseas Military Bases in Africa Initiative. Over the last decade, Mr. Walsh’s work has appeared in dozens of international news outlets and think tank publications. He has also received a number of awards, including the Vivian Award from the National Press Club and a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage.

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Brent W. Thompson Named 2016 Winner of Islands Society’s “Lowcountry in the Asian Century Essay Contest” – 12/5/16

Today, the Islands Society announced that an essay by Major Brent Thompson has been selected as the top submission to this year’s “Lowcountry in the Asian Century Essay Contest.”

Entitled “Leveraging the Lowcountry Veteran and Military Community in the Pivot to Asia,” the first prize essay is now featured on the Society’s official blog, The Islander, alongside commentary from senior thought leaders on foreign policy and insular affairs.

In his essay, Major Thompson notes, “South Carolina is home to eight major military installations with over 74,000 personnel and nearly 58,000 military retirees, many of whom reside in the Lowcountry.” He then argues, “By establishing relationships with its military personnel and veterans, the Lowcountry can leverage a powerful diaspora of service members with Lowcountry ties as they live and work across Asia and the Pacific Islands. These future leaders can enable the Lowcountry to maximize its influence in the Asian shift.”

Earlier this year, the Islands Society issued an open call to young professionals to respond to the following question: “How can we position the Lowcountry to take advantage of the U.S. pivot toward Asia?” Through this essay competition, the Islands Society challenged young professionals to consider the issues and come to their own determinations about what the future holds for our region. They were then asked to draft an essay that provides practical recommendations of how we can best position the region to take advantage of the Asian century.

With America’s future directed toward the Asia-Pacific, the competition forced young professionals to consider the potential impact of the U.S. pivot to Asia on the Lowcountry. On one hand, the region is at a clear geographic disadvantage when it comes to participating in the Asian Century. On the other hand, the pivot might provide new opportunities to transform the local economy and bring about greater prosperity for the region.

“We are excited to be able to provide a platform for the next generation of military leaders to share their perspectives on how local communities across the United States can leverage their military personnel and veterans to actively participate in the global shift toward the Asia-Pacific,” said Michael Edward Walsh, President of the Islands Society.

A military attorney stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, Major Thompson wrote this essay in his personal capacity. The views expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Department of Defense or the United States Government.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Baltic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, Inland Islands Society, Pacific Islands Society, Ritō Society, and Sea Islands Society.

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Islands Society Soliciting Lesson Plans from K-5 Teachers in Kauai County – 5/18/16

The Islands Society is now soliciting lesson plans from K-5 teachers in Kauai County, Hawaii for its Pacific Islands in the Classroom program.

Pacific Islands in the Classroom aims to provide K-5 teachers in island communities around the world with a digital compendium of high-quality lesson plans and resources created by K-5 teachers on the neighbor islands.

The primary objective of the program is to pool together the different resources and ideas of these educators in order to fill the gap in island educational resources. A secondary objective is to showcase the talents of teachers from the neighbor islands on the world stage.

“Pacific Islands in the Classroom is designed to inspire and empower K-5 students on the neighbor islands to become ambassadors, advocates and change-agents by providing their teachers with the knowledge, networks, and exposure necessary to realize their full potential,” explains Keiko Ono, Managing Director of the Pacific Islands Society.

Teachers interested in participating in the program should submit a lesson plan to pr@islandssociety.org.

Sample Lesson Plan

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Baltic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, Inland Islands Society, Pacific Islands Society, Ritō Society, and Sea Islands Society.

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