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Author Sand, Peter H.

Title United States and Britain in Diego Garcia : the future of a controversial base / Peter H. Sand
Edition First edition
Published New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (vi, 210 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents History: Empire's Last-Born Colony -- Human Rights : How To Depopulate An Island -- Power Politics : Our Ocean -- Military Secrecy : Public Access Denied -- Nemesis : Natural Heritage Dredged -- and Drowned -- Epilogue : The Lords' Day
Summary The coral atoll of Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) today is a pivotal US naval and air base for all Middle East operations (Afghanistan, Iraq, and potentially, Iran). This book, largely based on hitherto unpublished source material, describes the build-up of the base - starting with a secret US-UK bilateral deal in 1966; the deportation of the native island population in the 1970s; the clouded new role of Diego Garcia as a destination for Guantenamo-style 'renditions'; and the impacts of military construction on the environment of the island - which because of its average elevation of 4 ft above sea-level is at direct risk from climate change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Climatic changes -- British Indian Ocean Territory -- Diego Garcia.
Military bases, American -- British Indian Ocean Territory -- Diego Garcia.
Military bases, British -- British Indian Ocean Territory -- Diego Garcia.
Prisoners of war -- British Indian Ocean Territory -- Diego Garcia.
Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) -- Environmental conditions.
Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) -- International status.
Diego Garcia (British Indian Ocean Territory) -- Strategic aspects.
United Kingdom -- Armed Forces -- British Indian Ocean Territory -- Diego Garcia.
United States -- Armed Forces -- British Indian Ocean Territory -- Diego Garcia.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2008047929
ISBN 0230622968 (electronic bk.)
9780230622968 (electronic bk.)