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By Andrew Yeo

No different nation keeps an international army presence resembling the us. but outdoors the U.S., enormous debate exists approximately what this presence is ready and the way good it serves nationwide and worldwide pursuits. Anti-U.S. base protests, performed out in parliaments and the streets of host international locations, proceed to come up in several components of the area. In a singular strategy fusing diplomacy concept with social circulation views, this e-book examines the effect of anti-base hobbies and the $64000 position bilateral alliance relationships play in shaping flow results. the writer explains not just whilst and the way anti-base routine subject, but additionally how host governments stability among household and overseas strain on base-related matters. Drawing on interviews with activists, politicians, coverage makers, and U.S. base officers within the Philippines, Japan (Okinawa), Ecuador, Italy, and South Korea, the writer unearths that the safety and overseas coverage rules held by means of host executive elites act as a political chance or barrier for anti-base events, influencing their skill to problem in another country U.S. basing guidelines.

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Thus the host state becomes the central arena for base politics, with the most intense action located at the intersection between state and society. Although the role of the United States remains “bounded” with these caveats in place, it still exerts its influence on base hosts, often in the form of economic incentives or diplomatic pressure. S. relations already implies that the United States commands significant leverage over host governments. Although the movement episode narratives focus more closely on the interaction between anti-base movements and host governments, where relevant I discuss the diplomatic pressure and negotiating tactics used by the United States to sway host-nation actors.

These perceptions may persist long after material threat capabilities subside. Furthermore, external threat perceptions may strengthen over time, constructing particular identities between actors. -ROK alliance. Japan’s defeat in World War II and its renouncement of the use of force in settling global disputes has also significantly shaped Japanese security policy. S security umbrella and its existing network of bases has become an accepted part of Japanese national security. The concept of security consensus may strike readers as a bit unsettling; it acts as a catch-all variable, encompassing everything from threat perceptions, to domestic institutions, to identity and norms.

For social movement scholars who tend to focus on domestic political structures, the security consensus framework I offer suggests that international factors, such as bilateral alliances, shape or constrain movements. 2 I do not naively suggest that civil society always matters in security politics. However, anti-base movements on several occasions have extracted concessions from powerful states. Such empirical puzzles warrant a study on the role of anti-base movements in the politics of bases.

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