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Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies
Published in Electronic Journal of Contemporary Japanese Studies, 13(4) 2013.
Since the end of the Cold War, the necessity of US military forward deployments around the world has become increasingly contentious. Although strategists and policy-makers agree that US military deployments remain instrumental for maintaining global security (e.g. Obama 2011; Pettyjohn 2012), they differ over the exact form of those deployments. Further, in the wake of the controversial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, US facilities around the world seem to be increasingly contested, even amongst America’s traditional allies. The protests against the expansion of Camp Humphreys in South Korea and the proposed relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa are two significant episodes. These challenges, therefore, raise some important questions about the long-term viability of the US global posture in the post-Cold War world.