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Retired Ambassador Offers Insight To Marshall Islands

Posted: March 27, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Martha Campbell, former U.S. ambassador to the Marshall Islands, wears a traditional Marshallese “wut,” or headband, while speaking Tuesday about the history and relationship between the U.S. and the Micronesian nation at NorthWest Arkansas Community Collegein Bentonville.

The relationship between the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands is difficult to describe, Martha L. Campbell, retired ambassador to the islands, told an audience Tuesday.

At A Glance

The Marshall Islands

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is an independent country. A compact of free association allows its citizens to live and visit in the United States freely.

The country is made of 29 atolls, or coral-based islands, and is between Hawaii and Australia.

Following World War II, the Marshall Islands became part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands before gaining its independence in 1986.

Source: U.S. State Department; Northwest Arkansas Community College

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