S-Space Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원) Dept. of International Studies (국제학과) Journal of International and Area Studies Journal of International and Area Studies vol.19 (2012)
U.S. Power Penetration through the Military Bases in Guam
- Namkung, Gon; Lee, Sulhyung
- Issue Date
- Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
- Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.19 No.2, pp. 29-46
- The purpose of this study is to provide an interpretation of the power penetration delivered through
the United States’ overseas military bases. This study specifically concentrates on the military bases in
The penetration of U.S. power into the Guam economy delivers three results. First of all, military
bases boost the island’s economy. Secondly, the bases bring economic structural change to Guam.
Such change is shown through the average hourly wages among industries. Lastly, as the military
bases increase in size, the functions of foreign companies enlarge as well. The increase of foreign
companies can be traced back to the enlargement of military contracts awarded by the Department of
Defense. Along with the economic influence, the military base in Guam is interpreted to influence the
island’s identity indication.
In this study, U.S. military bases in Guam have been explained as a method of United States’ power
implementation into the economic sphere and the island’s identity. In sum, the military bases affect the
economic growth, economic structure, and the generation gap towards identity indication.
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