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Do US Bases Increase Our National Security?

In my Stanford seminar on “Nuclear Weapons, Risk and Hope,” I have been emphasizing the role that critical thinking can play in defusing the nuclear threat. While reducing the number of weapons and other concrete changes are needed, the most important first step may be to reexamine the assumptions that form the foundation for our worldview, and root out those that are wrong. A recent article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists applies critical thinking to our network of military bases by asking an important, but little-asked question: “Do US military bases abroad increase or decrease our national security?”Here are some key excerpts from that article: Continue reading

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