"An Unprecedented Moment: Strategizing to Build a Broader Coalition to Close U.S. Bases Abroad," Conference on U.S. Foreign Military Bases, University of Baltimore, MD, 1/13/18.
“'What Are We Getting Out of This?': U.S. Empire and the Military Overseas under Trump,” new Base Nation talk, 11/17.
All proceeds from Base Nation's royalties and honorariums from talks go to nonprofit organizations serving military veterans, their families, and other victims of war and violence. These organizations have included Doctors without Borders, Wounded Warriors Family Support, Service Women's Action Network, Partners in Health, Emergency, About Face: Veterans Against the War (formerly, Iraq Veterans against the War), Amnesty International, We Are Guahan, Chagos Refugees Group, Chagos Refugees Group UK, and Honduras Solidarity Network.
David Vine is Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. David is the author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (Metropolitan Books/Henry Holt, 2015) and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009). David's newest book, The United States of War: A Global History of America's Endless Conflicts, from Columbus to the Islamic State will be published by the University of California Press in October 2020. A proposal for the book won the 2018 University of California Press Series in Public Anthropology International Book Competition.
As part of the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, David has helped compile and write Militarization: A Reader (Duke University Press, 2019) and The Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or Notes on Demilitarizing American Society (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2009). David's other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Boston Globe, Mother Jones, Chronicle of Higher Education, International Migration, and Human Rights Brief, among others.
Many of David’s other articles and information about Island of Shame and other work can be found at www.davidvine.net. For photographs of bases from my research, find me on Instagram.
All proceeds from Base Nation are donated to nonprofit organizations serving military veterans, their families, and other victims of war and violence. See below for more information.
"Diego Garcia: Troubled Past, Uncertain Futures," The Diplomat, July 2019.
"No Bases? How Social Movements against U.S. Military Bases Abroad Are Challenging Militarization and Militarism," supplemental issue, “Cultures of Militarism,” edited by Catherine Besteman and Hugh Gusterson. Current Anthropology 60, supp. 19: S158-S172.
Most Countries Have Given Up Their Colonies. Why Hasn’t America? Washington Post, September 28, 2017.
“Forty-five Blows Against Democracy: How U.S. Military Bases Back Dictators, Autocrats, and Military Regimes.” TomDispatch.com, May 16, 2017.
"Don’t Just Close Bases at Home, Close Them Overseas," New York Times op-ed, July 27, 2015.
“Everyone Has the Right to Live on Their Island. Why Not Us?” Foreign Policy in Focus, December 6, 2016 .
Atoning for Washington’s “Mass Kidnapping” in the Indian Ocean. Nation, July 11, 2016.
"Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous “New” Base Plan," TomDispatch.com, January 14, 2016.
"Garrisoning the Globe: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Undermine National Security and Harm Us All," TomDispatch.com, September 13, 2015.
"The Lily Pad Strategy: American Military Extends Its Reach Worldwide," Investigative Reporting Workshop, August 25, 2015.
"Where in the World Is the U.S. Military?" Politico, July/August 2015.
"US military’s ‘Lily Pad’ Expansion May Prove Costly," Boston Globe, July 9, 2015.
"The Forgotten Costs of War in the Middle East The Truth About Diego Garcia, And 50 Years of Fiction About an American Military Base," TomDispatch.com, June 14, 2015.
"A Permanent Infrastructure for Permanent War: The Bases of War in the Middle East; From Carter to the Islamic State, 35 Years of Building Bases and Sowing Disaster," TomDispatch.com, November 13, 2015.
For more articles, see http://www.davidvine.net/military-bases.html