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United States and Britain in Diego Garcia

The Future of a Controversial Base

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Peter H. Sand
    Pages 1-13
  3. Peter H. Sand
    Pages 15-33
  4. Peter H. Sand
    Pages 35-41
  5. Peter H. Sand
    Pages 43-49
  6. Peter H. Sand
    Pages 63-68
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 69-210

About this book


Diego Garcia is a pivotal US base for all Middle East operations. This book describes its evolution from a secret US-UK bilateral deal in 1966 and the deportation of the native population in the 70s to its new role in Guantánamo-style 'renditions' and the impact of miltary construction on its environment.


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About the authors

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 (1997), and over a hundred articles in international legal journals and collections. He has been visiting professor at Duke Law School and at the universities of Paris, Geneva, Addis Ababa, and Helsinki; and he served on the UN Security Council's Compensation Commission for environmental claims arising from the 1991 Gulf War.

Bibliographic information


"With an invaluable collection of relevant treaties and government documents provided as an addendum, Sand's book is a quintessential work for those interested in acquiring information on the legal basis of the American base on the island." - Environment and Planning D: Society and Space

'...impressive in terms of its empirical research...Sand provides a comprehensive review of the extant literature and archival records on the Chagos Islands, as well as the myriad legal instruments -both domestic and international - that relate to the archipelago.' - African Affairs