Stories by David Vine

David Vine is associate professor of anthropology at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia. He has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and Mother Jones, among other publications. His new book, Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World, will appear in 2015 as part of the American Empire Project (Metropolitan Books). For more of his writing, visit subscribe to David Vine's feed

Posted on: May 16, 2017, Source: TomDispatch

The U.S. has military bases in at least 45 less-than-democratic countries.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2015, Source: Tom Dispatch

To the extent that Americans think about these bases at all, we generally assume they’re essential to national security and global peace.

Posted on: Nov 13, 2014, Source: Tom Dispatch

From Carter to the Islamic State, 35 Years of Building Bases and Sowing Destruction.

Posted on: May 15, 2013, Source: TomDispatch

A look at who is really benefitting from our foreign wars, and the military bases we establish.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2012, Source:

Not the Romans, nor imperial China, nor the British, nor the Soviet Union has ever garrisoned the globe quite the way the United States has.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2012, Source:

Unknown to most Americans, Washington's garrisoning of the planet is on the rise, thanks to a new generation of bases the military calls "lily pads."

Posted on: Mar 9, 2009, Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Our overseas military bases are pushing the nation deeper into debt and making the United States and the planet less secure.