Howard Willens and Deanne Siemer are authors of National Security and Self-Determination: U.S. Policy in Micronesia, 1961-1972.

Negotiations over the permanent status of Micronesia began in 1961. The American trusteeship of these Pacific islands had become an embarrassment and concern for the United States. This conversation with Howard Willens and Deanne Siemer describes the decades-long course of the discussions and the crucial interventions of key figures.