This book could not have been written without the generosity and assistance of a number of people and organizations. I want to first thank everyone in Bosnia and the Philippines who welcomed me into their homes, communities, and businesses, and patiently took the time to discuss their experiences with me. I regret that I cannot mention by name (due to confidentiality reasons) a number of individuals in Bosnia to whom I am especially indebted due their time and guidance that helped shape this project during its early stages. Deserving of special recognition is Lucille Quiambao, my guide to the world of military laborers in the Philippines. In addition to being a logistics magician, Lucille has an uncanny knack for putting people at ease, even when discussing difficult topics. And as a Kapampangan with extensive experience exploring this phenomenon, her suggestions and insights were always spot on.
Though rarely acknowledged, research and writing is always shaped by encounters with people and places with no direct connection to a project. Several deserve mention here. First, the amazing people, music, and gin and tonics at the aptly named—and sadly departed—Caffe Galerija Bunt (“Uprising”) in Tuzla offered a most welcome place to unwind after a day of fieldwork. Second, most of this book was written at a number of cafés and bars in Westwood, including Ely-see Bakery and Café, Rocco’s Tavern, and the Hammer Museum Café. Third, special thanks is due to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Faculty Center, in particular all the underpaid and underappreciated staff that make it a wonderful spot to eat, drink, think, and work on campus—especially Rodolfo, Miguel, and Celestino.
David Phinney and David Isenberg provided valuable advice at an early point in this project. So too did William “Bill” Stuebner. Thanks to those who read and provided comments on all or parts of the book at various stages, including Jennifer Mittelstadt, Mark Erbel, John Agnew, Gail Kligman, Jackson Lears, Robert Mobley, Michael Mann, and Leiba Faier. I also appreciated comments from the manuscript’s reviewers at Cornell. I would like to extend my gratitude to Jennifer Mittelstadt and Melissa Feinberg for inviting me to a Center for Cultural Analysis symposium at Rutgers University that provoked stimulating discussions about military contracting. Much thanks is also due to Joseph Blatt, Nerve Macaspac, James Walker, and Vernon Wessel for assistance with the research, and to (p.198) Matt Zebrowski, the UCLA Geography Department’s cartographer, and my collaborator on the book’s maps and figures.
This is my second book with Cornell University Press, and with Roger Haydon as editor. From previous experience I knew Cornell would be the best home for this project. True to form, Roger—and all the other staff at Cornell—were a pleasure to work with again.
Portions of the book draw upon previously published material in the journals Geopolitics and Territory, Politics, Governance. Thanks to these journals, and to my coauthor of the Geopolitics article, James Walker, for permission to use this material. Research for this project was facilitated by a generous fellowship from the Hellman Foundation for which I am grateful. Additionally, this book is freely available in an open access edition thanks to the Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) initiative and the generous support of Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, and of the UCLA library. I very much appreciate Sharon Farb’s enthusiastic help in facilitating this.
Finally, this project has benefited from love, support, food, and conversations shared with family and friends, especially my parents, Lori, Danica (no longer so mala, but still daddy’s princeza!), Bill and Katy, and, last but not least, Camille—whose friendship means more than words can adequately express.
This book is dedicated to all those who toil in, as Lee Wang has evocatively put it, someone else’s war.