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Base Politics (Hardcover)

Alexander Cooley

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Hardcover. According to the Department of Defense's 2004 Base Structure Report, the United States officially maintains 860 overseas military installations and another 115 on noncontinental U.S. .Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 328 pages. 0.576. Bookseller Inventory # 9780801446054

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Title: Base Politics (Hardcover)

Publication Date: 2008

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2nd.

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According to the Department of Defense's 2004 Base Structure Report, the United States officially maintains 860 overseas military installations and another 115 on noncontinental U.S. territories. Over the last fifteen years the Department of Defense has been moving from a few large-footprint bases to smaller and much more numerous bases across the globe. This so-called lily-pad strategy, designed to allow high-speed reactions to military emergencies anywhere in the world, has provoked significant debate in military circles and sometimes-fierce contention within the polity of the host countries.

In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley examines how domestic politics in different host countries, especially in periods of democratic transition, affect the status of U.S. bases and the degree to which the U.S. military has become a part of their local and national landscapes. Drawing on exhaustive field research in different host nations across East Asia and Southern Europe, as well as the new postcommunist base hosts in the Black Sea and Central Asia, Cooley offers an original and provocative account of how and why politicians in host countries contest or accept the presence of the U.S. military on their territory.

Overseas bases, Cooley shows, are not merely installations that serve a military purpose. For host governments and citizens, U.S. bases are also concrete institutions and embodiments of U.S. power, identity, and diplomacy. Analyzing the degree to which overseas bases become enmeshed in local political agendas and interests, Base Politics will be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the extent―and limits―of America's overseas military influence.

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"Alexander Cooley's Base Politics is an important look at what might be called the infrastructure of empire. Skillfully blending international relations and comparative politics, Cooley shows that the fate of foreign bases depends at least as much on local political developments as it does on traditional realist variables such as threat and power. This is required reading for anybody interested in the future of the American military presence abroad."--Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs"In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley has single-handedly done what would have been a challenging task for a large team of researchers: a systematic, comparative analysis of domestic politics in disparate cultures and geopolitical venues and their intimate connections to the U.S. military and its overseas activities. The book offers a wealth of research, analysis, and clear writing."--Katharine H. S. Moon, Wellesley College "Base Politics is a thorough treatment of an important and still somewhat neglected aspect of international relations."--Simon Duke, European Institute of Public Administration
"In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley describes the conditions under which U.S. military basing arrangements in host countries become politicized. He shows that such conflicts often take place in countries that are making a transition to democracy. This is a very important book that highlights how our interests and our ideals can often come into conflict."--Michael Desch, Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making, Texas A&M University

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