Category Archives: Baseworld

U.S. basing in the Middle East

David Vine, over at TomDispatch, writes about the 36 years of “disastrous” U.S. basing policy in the Middle East – beginning with the 1980 Carter doctrine of securing Middle Eastern oil and natural gas by “any means necessary, including military … Continue reading

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An Empire of Bases and Special Forces: Garrisoning the Globe

In what follows, I explore the U.S. military’s global basing and Special Forces strategy. The article updates a lot of my own previous writing on the U.S. military’s “Baseworld” or “Droneworld,” and gives fresh statistics on the number of U.S. … Continue reading

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The U.S. Military’s Ongoing Securitization of Africa

U.S. Marines simulate a riot during a crowd control training exercise with soldiers from Burkina Faso. Source. In what follows, I want to explore, and summarize, four articles–written by Nick Turse–that were released in 2015 about the U.S. military’s presence … Continue reading

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Predator Empire, Dronification of State Violence – Open Access

Two of my papers on drone warfare have been made freely available by the publisher: Ian Shaw and Majed Akhter, The Dronification of State Violence (2014). Geopolitics. Available here. This article explores the shifting methods of U.S. state violence. Building … Continue reading

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Australia’s Pine Gap and the Global Kill-Net

On the back of the “revelations” about the role of Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in the U.S.’ ongoing drone wars comes former Australian PM’s warning that Australians working at the U.S.-run Pine Gap facility could be liable for war crimes. … Continue reading

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Australia spy facility pivotal to U.S. drone wars

The Pine Gap spy base is a joint Australian-American signals intelligence base, located close to Ayers Rock. Its purpose is to track the “geolocation” of radio signals and mobile phones, with a focus on al-Qaida and Taliban leaders, although it … Continue reading

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The Changing Face of Empire

Nick Turse (2012). The Changing Face of Empire: Special Ops, Drones, Spies, Proxy Fighters, Secret Bases, and Cyberwarfare. Chicago: Haymarket Books Geography and geographic imaginations play a pivotal role in the practice of inter-state violence. From “Clash of Civilization”-type territorial … Continue reading

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