PODCAST | U.S. Bases and Australia’s Foreign and Domestic Policy


David Vine will discuss Australia’s critical role in the unprecedented global network of U.S. military bases, now totalling an estimated 800 outside the United States. He will explore the utilisation of these bases in recent U.S.-led wars, and their significance for global peace and security. Vine will also address how U.S. bases affect host communities and host countries like Australia. In an interactive setting, Vine will lead a conversation with the audience about the effects of U.S. bases in Australia and the extent to which U.S. bases constrain Australian foreign and domestic policy.

David Vine is Associate Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. David is the author of Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Overseas Harm America and the World (Henry Holt, 2015) and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (Princeton University Press, 2009). David is the co-author, with the Network of Concerned Anthropologists, of the Counter-Counterinsurgency Manual, or Notes on Demilitarizing American Society (Prickly Paradigm Press, 2009). His other writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington PostGuardian(London), Mother JonesChronicle of Higher Education, and Human Rights Brief, among others. Many of David’s articles and information about his books and other work can be found at www.davidvine.net. Information about Base Nation and foreign military bases is available at www.basenation.us.

Chair: Associate Professor Tess Lea is an anthropologist who specialises in the anthropology of policy. Her current research on the militarization of everyday life examines the entanglements of military events, technologies, and discourse in everyday, environmental, material and socio-cultural worlds

Image credit: An Air Force F-22 Raptor flies above Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal, Australia, March 2, 2017. Air Force photo by Maj. Lori Hodge. The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement