The Empires' Edge: Militarization, Resistance, and by Sasha Davis

By Sasha Davis

In the prior decade the Asia-Pacific zone has develop into a spotlight of overseas politics and army options. as a result of China’s emerging financial and army power, North Korea’s nuclear assessments and missile launches, annoying overseas disputes over small island teams within the seas round Asia, and the us pivoting a majority of its army forces to the sector, the islands of the western Pacific have more and more turn into the guts of world awareness. whereas the Pacific is a cur- hire hotbed of geopolitical contention and severe militarization, the quarter can also be anything else: a place of origin to the masses of hundreds of thousands of people who inhabit it.

Based on a decade of study within the sector, The Empires’ Edge examines the great harm the militarization of the Pacific has wrought on its humans and environments. in addition, Davis information how modern social hobbies during this sector are affecting worldwide geopolitics by means of tough the army use of Pacific islands and by means of constructing a demilitarized view of safeguard in keeping with affinity, mutual relief, and foreign unity. via an exam of “sacrificed” is- lands from around the region—including Bikini Atoll, Okinawa, Hawai‘i, and Guam—The Empires’ Edge makes the case that the nice political contest of the twenty-first century isn't really approximately which kingdom will get hegemony in a world procedure yet quite in regards to the selection be- tween perpetuating a procedure of diplomacy in keeping with domination or pursuing a extra egalitarian and cooperative future.

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Map by author. majority of the atoll became the “mid-atoll corridor,” an area swept of habitation and off-limits to fishing or other uses by the native population of the islands. S. military personnel and technicians. The island was rendered off-limits to Marshallese except to work as low-wage laborers who must get off the island after their shifts. When, in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan announced the development of the “Strategic Defense Initiative” program, whose aim was to develop a system capable of shooting down enemy ballistic missiles, Kwajalein Atoll became the main site for this testing, and it continues to host this project today.

S. military policy, but military policy certainly affects them. Close to one-third of the island’s land is in the hands of the military, much of it simply taken from original landowners with little or no compensation. Furthermore, the military has described the coming Guam military expansion as the largest military restructuring project by the United States since the end of World War II. S. forces there (S. Davis, 2011). In chapter 5 I examine how militarization and colonization interact with local island environments.

Advocates for peace and justice can follow the advice of pan-Asian scholar Sun Ge (2003), who contends that 30 • Chapter One “to establish a truly egalitarian perspective, we must discard a narrow nationalist mode of thinking and avoid its dependence on existing political and social foundations” (p. 43). Although I contain most of my discussion in this book to antimilitarization social movements in the Asia-Pacific region, I think the radical possibilities of affinity-seeking politics go beyond the region and also go beyond a demilitarized future.

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