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Violence Against Women | Gender and Militarism | Organizing & Peace | Military Policy | Environmental and Health Effects of Military Operations | Militarism and Globalization | Base Conversion | Amerasian Children | History

Military Policy

Before and After: US Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis.
Bennis, Phyllis. (2002).

The Sun Never Sets: Confronting the Global Network of U.S. Foreign Military Bases
Gerson Joseph and Bruce Birchard (Eds.) 1990.
A very useful book which describes the US military presence in the Pacific, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Central America.  Some details need updating but the overall argument still holds.

Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire
Johnson, Chalmers. 2000.
Chalmers Johnson, retired professor of East Asian politics and history, uses the CIA term "blowback" to describe the unintended consequences of US foreign policy based on domination and force, which he argues will have serious future repercussions for the United States.

The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic
Chalmers Johnson.  2005.
Johnson explores US militarism's deep roots and maps the expanding empire of military bases and services that support them. He argues that militarism is bankrupting the United States, and creating the conditions for virulent blowback.

Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic
Chalmers Johnson.  2007.
This is the final volume of Johnson’s “Blowback Trilogy.”,

Redefining Security: Women Challenge U.S. Military Policy and Practice in East Asia,
Kirk, Gwyn and Carolyn Bowen Francis. 2000. 
Berkeley Women’s Law Journal. (15) 229-271.
This article explores the contradiction between security treaties and Status of Forces Agreements governing the conduct of US troops overseas and the everyday security of local communities that “host” US bases, It details activist efforts to redefine security for local communities.

Homefront: A Military City and the American Twentieth Century
Lutz, Catherine.
An excellent historical and anthropological account of Fayetteville (NC) from 1918 to 2000, home of the Fort Bragg US army base.

Sex Among Allies: Military Prostitution in U.S.-Korea Relations
Moon, Katharine. 1997.
Written by a political scientist, this book explains how US and South Korean authorities have institutionalized military prostitution in South Korea.

Children of GI Town: The Invisible Legacy of Militarized Prostitution,
Okazawa-Rey, Margo. 1997.
Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Spring: 71-100.
One of the few English-language articles based on interviews with Amerasian children and their Korean mothers who dated US soldiers.  It argues that these children’s difficulties and the discrimination they faced must be understood in the context of official US indifference, Korean ethnocentrism, and negative attitudes to Korean women who worked in bars and clubs near US bases.

Women and Peace: Feminist Visions of Global Security
Reardon, Betty A. 1993.

Essays that offer visions of genuine security challenging the concept and practice of national/military security by Betty Reardon, a retired professor of education and co-founder of International Peace Research Association, who has promoted peace education for decades.

Common Grounds: Violence against Women in War and Armed Conflict Situations.
Sajor, Indai Lourdes (Ed.). 1998.
Asian Center for Women’s Human Rights.
A compilation of reports made to the International Conference on Violence Against Women in War and Armed Conflict Situations, Tokyo, 2000.It includes general essays and accounts of women’s experiences in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Report from Okinawa: Long Term Military Presence and Violence against Women
Takazato, Suzuyo. 2000. 
Canadian Woman Studies (19) #4: 42-47.
This important article by a long-time Okinawan activist is based on her report to the International Conference on Violence Against Women in War and Armed Conflict Situations, Tokyo, 2000. Itdetails military violence against Okinawan women and girls, starting in 1945.

Okinawa: Cold War Island
Johnson, Chalmers (Ed.). 1999.
A collection of essays on Okinawan identity, the US-Japan Security Treaty, women and military violence, environmental degradation, and protest against US bases.

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