David Vine


David Vine

David Vine is assistant professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, DC, the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009), and a contributor to Foreign Policy In Focus.


The Cost of Occupying Planet Earth

Even a conservative estimate of the true costs of garrisoning the globe comes to an annual total of about $170 billion--or maybe even more.

The Lily-Pad Strategy

Professor Vine addresses the status of American military bases, or "lily pads," which exist in every continent and the economic and political implications of continued global military dominance.

Bipartisan Strategy Takes Shape To Close Overseas U.S. Bases

Within America, there exists a wide-spread outcry to call attention to the expense of military bases abroad--an issue which has the ability to receive support from both the right and the left.
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