Shifting Terrain: The Domestic Politics of the US Military Presence in the Asia Pacific: Archived Project



Initiated in October 2003, this project was designed to understand how and why the presence of US forces in Asia is affected by domestic political change and to suggest how alliance policies can better address citizen concerns. Four national cases were selected for in-depth study: Japan (Okinawa); the Republic of Korea (Seoul); the Philippines (Zambales and Mindanao), and New Zealand (Wellington).

In contrast to previous studies on US alliances in the Asia Pacific, this project highlighted aspects of the US military presence that have received little analytical attention but that are crucial to understanding contemporary policy challenges. These included looking at US troop presence as an issue of national governance; undertaking a comparative approach utilizing the expertise of scholars with critical knowledge of national cases; and bringing to light the varied perspectives of the citizens of the region.

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