Outside the Wire: US Military Deployments and Public Opinion in Host States

44 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2019

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Michael A. Allen

Boise State University

Michael E. Flynn

Kansas State University - Department of Political Science; Binghamton University

Carla Martinez Machain

Kansas State University - Department of Political Science

Andrew Stravers

University of Texas at Austin

Date Written: January 14, 2019

Abstract

How do citizens within countries hosting U.S. military personnel view that presence? Most studies on this issue rely on aggregated data on public attitudes towards the U.S., or on anecdotal accounts of high-profile crimes or other incidents involving U.S. military personnel. Using new cross-national survey data from 14 countries, we examine how different forms of exposure to a U.S. military presence in a country affect attitudes towards the U.S. military, government, and people. Notably, these surveys provide nationally representative samples across traditional covariates like age, income, and gender. We find that contact with U.S. military personnel or the receipt of economic benefits from the U.S. presence increases support for the U.S. presence, people, and government. This study has profound implications for the role that U.S. installations play in affecting the social fabric of host nations, along with policy implications for the conduct of U.S. military activities outside the United States.

Keywords: International Relations, basing, Host-state, troop deployments, military deployments, United States, Foreign Policy, United States Foreign Policy, Public Opinion

Suggested Citation

Allen, Michael A. and Flynn, Michael E. and Martinez Machain, Carla and Stravers, Andrew, Outside the Wire: US Military Deployments and Public Opinion in Host States (January 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3326211 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3326211

Michael A. Allen (Contact Author)

Boise State University ( email )

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Boise, ID 83716
United States

Michael E. Flynn

Kansas State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

244 Waters Hall
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United States

Binghamton University ( email )

PO Box 6001
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
United States

Carla Martinez Machain

Kansas State University - Department of Political Science ( email )

244 Waters Hall
manhattan, KS 66506
United States

Andrew Stravers

University of Texas at Austin ( email )

2317 Speedway
Austin, TX 78712
United States

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