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"Base Politics is an exceptional academic study on how domestic politics in countries hosting U.S. military bases affect the status of those bases and the degree to which the military has been integrated into their local and national landscapes. . . .these findings represent the first comprehensive theory for understanding the conditions under which U.S. military basing arrangements in host countries become politicized. This makes Cooley's book required reading for defense policymakers charged with establishing and maintaining America’s overseas military influence."―David A. Mastro, Joint Force Quarterly, 2009

"Cooley offers useful advice to strategists as the Pentagon is implementing the Global Defense Posture Review (GDPR) that calls for downsizing the U.S. presence in several Cold War base hosts, such as Germany and Japan, while establishing a global network of smaller facilities, including in Africa, Central Asia, and the Black Sea region, in response to new, post-September 11th security challenges. . . Cooley's study is impressively well-researched and argued. He has first-hand experience in his case studies. Coming from an area studies background, he is sensitive to local conditions and history, including those cases such as the Azores and Okinawa, where a special triangular relationship is formed between the United States, the national government, and the local authorities."―Dimitris Keridis, Political Science Quarterly, 2009

"Offers feasible pros and cons for both sides of the debate on U.S. basing in allied nations."―Col. Gordon W. Keiser, Proceedings (USNI), October 2008

"Will prove helpful to defence officials and analysts grappling with the issue of how basing strategies might best support security interests. . . well researched and well crafted, and provides useful frameworks for thinking about base strategies."―Survival, Oct-Nov 2008

"Alexander Cooley's Base Politics is an important look at what might be called the infrastructure of empire. Skillfully blending international relations and comparative politics, Cooley shows that the fate of foreign bases depends at least as much on local political developments as it does on traditional realist variables such as threat and power. This is required reading for anybody interested in the future of the American military presence abroad."―Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs

"In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley has single-handedly done what would have been a challenging task for a large team of researchers: a systematic, comparative analysis of domestic politics in disparate cultures and geopolitical venues and their intimate connections to the U.S. military and its overseas activities. The book offers a wealth of research, analysis, and clear writing."―Katharine H. S. Moon, Wellesley College

"Base Politics is a thorough treatment of an important and still somewhat neglected aspect of international relations."―Simon Duke, European Institute of Public Administration

"In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley describes the conditions under which U.S. military basing arrangements in host countries become politicized. He shows that such conflicts often take place in countries that are making a transition to democracy. This is a very important book that highlights how our interests and our ideals can often come into conflict."―Michael Desch, Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making, Texas A&M University

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"Alexander Cooley's Base Politics is an important look at what might be called the infrastructure of empire. Skillfully blending international relations and comparative politics, Cooley shows that the fate of foreign bases depends at least as much on local political developments as it does on traditional realist variables such as threat and power. This is required reading for anybody interested in the future of the American military presence abroad."--Gideon Rose, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
"In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley has single-handedly done what would have been a challenging task for a large team of researchers: a systematic, comparative analysis of domestic politics in disparate cultures and geopolitical venues and their intimate connections to the U.S. military and its overseas activities. The book offers a wealth of research, analysis, and clear writing."--Katharine H. S. Moon, Wellesley College 
"Base Politics is a thorough treatment of an important and still somewhat neglected aspect of international relations."--Simon Duke, European Institute of Public Administration
"In Base Politics, Alexander Cooley describes the conditions under which U.S. military basing arrangements in host countries become politicized. He shows that such conflicts often take place in countries that are making a transition to democracy. This is a very important book that highlights how our interests and our ideals can often come into conflict."--Michael Desch, Robert M. Gates Chair in Intelligence and National Security Decision-Making, Texas A&M University
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