MAIN OBRACC CONTACT
Dr. David Vine, Professor of Anthropology, American University: 202-885-2923, firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDITIONAL EXPERTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS
Col. Andrew Bacevich (US Army, Ret.), Boston University Professor Emeritus: email@example.com
Phyllis Bennis, Director, New Internationalism Project, Institute for Policy Studies/Fellow,
Transnational Institute (Amsterdam): 202-787-5206; firstname.lastname@example.org
Leah Bolger, Commander, US Navy (Ret.)/Chair, World Beyond War; posted at three overseas bases:
John Glaser, Director of Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute: 202-789-5200;
Dr. Catherine Lutz, Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies, Watson
Institute and Department of Anthropology, Brown University: 401 863 2779 ; email@example.com
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (US Army, Ret.), former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin
Powell: 703-624-9148; firstname.lastname@example.org
OBRACC Launch Event Short Speaker Biographies (Video on Vimeo)
Christine Ahn is the founder and International Coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War. Ahn is the co-founder of the Korea Policy Institute, Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island, and National Campaign to End the Korean War. Ahn is the former Senior Policy Analyst at the Global Fund for Women and has worked with the Oakland Institute, Grassroots Global Justice, and Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainable Development. Ahn is the author of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex, and the co-producer of Fashion Resistance to Militarism.
John Glaser is director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. His research interests include grand strategy, basing posture, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East, and the rise of China, among other topics. Glaser is the author of an important study on overseas bases, “Withdrawing from Overseas Bases: Why a Forward-Deployed Military Posture Is Unnecessary, Outdated, and Dangerous.” Glaser has been a guest on many television and radio programs and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, CNN, and Time, among other outlets.
Dr. Catherine Lutz is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. Lutz is the author of several books on the US military and its bases and personnel, including The Bases of Empire: The Global Struggle Against U.S. Military Posts (ed., 2009), Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century (2001), and Breaking Ranks (with M. Gutmann, 2010). Dr. Lutz co-directs the Costs of War Project at Brown University.
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government and Public Policy
at the College of William and Mary. Col. Wilkerson previously worked as Secretary of State Colin Powell's Chief of Staff (2002-05) and Associate Director of the State Department's Policy Planning staff under Ambassador Richard N. Haass. Col. Wilkerson served 31 years in the U.S. Army. During that time, he was a member of the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College (1987 to 1989), Special Assistant to General Powell when he was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93), and Director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College at Quantico, Virginia (1993-97).
Dr. David Vine is Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. Vine has written two books about U.S. bases abroad: Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World (2015) and Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia (2009). He is now finishing a third book about bases and war, If You Build Them, Wars Will Come: The Bases of American Empire from 1494 to Today. To learn more: www.basenation.us and www.davidvine.net.
A fact sheet on overseas bases is here.