United States and Britain in Diego Garcia: The Future of a Controversial Base

Hardcover | June 15, 2009

byPeter H. Sand

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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 This book, largely based on hitherto unpublished source material, describes the build-up of the base – starting with a secret US-UK bilateral deal in 1966; the deportation of the native island population in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 Guantánamo-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

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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 This book, largely based on hitherto unpublished source material, describes the build-up of the base – starting with a secret US-UK bilateral deal in 1966; ...

Peter H. Sand, formerly legal adviser for the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Bank, is a lecturer in international environmental law at the University of Munich, Germany. His earlier publications include Lessons Learned in Global Environmental Governance (1990), Transnational Environmental Law (1999), and over a hun...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 8.29 × 5.73 × 0.68 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230617093

ISBN - 13:9780230617094

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Preface * 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 * Appendices (US-UK Official Documents on Diego Garcia): 1.     Agreement London, December 1966, 2. Agreed Confidential Minutes, London, December 1966, 3. Supplement London, October 1972, 4. Agreement London, February 1976, 5. Amendment London, June 1976, 6. Supplement Washington/DC, December 1982, 7. Supplement Washington/DC, November 1987, 8. Agreement London, July 1999, 9. Supplements London-Washington/DC, 2001-2004, 10. House of Lords Judgment, London, October 2008