Pacific Internationalism: The Transpacific Nuclear Industry and the Making of the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific Movement

"As a political project, the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific sought to make visible – and to disrupt – the colonial relations of extraction, industrial pollution, and militarized violence that were pivotal to, yet absented from, the making of the “transpacific” as a fantasy of Cold War development and decolonization."

Lecture Description

Beginning in the second half of the twentieth century, colonized territories in Asia, Oceania, and North America experienced new rounds of capitalist integration that entangled them in new relations. Okinawa, Micronesia, Diné Territory, among other places formed the underside of a growing transpacific economy where uranium mining, nuclear weapons storage and weapons testing, nuclear fuel processing and waste dumping were concentrated. This talk explains the transpacific partnerships that made this possible. It also explains what happens when people in these places who had seeming little to do with one another got together, literally or otherwise, and said you can’t have freedom in one place without freedom elsewhere.

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Cold War Social Movements

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