As Soviet influence increased during the Cold War era, the

  shrinking global footprint of its European allies made the Unite

d States and its allied partners worried that the West was “losing control of the world,” exp

lains David Vine, author of “Island of Shame,” which documents the fate of the Chagos archipelago.

  It was perhaps no coincidence that during this period America beg

an what experts say was a concerted attempt to create a network of bases and facilities that

offered military protection without the burden of ruling a colonial population.

  ”If you look at all the land globally occupied by the US, it’s not very much land mass, sm

aller than the state of Connecticut,” says Immerwahr, author of “How To Hide An Empire.”

  ”But, nevertheless, there are hundreds of points in foreign

countries that the US controls and which are really important in protecting its power today.”

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