An info-graphic of US interventions since World War II, using information from William Blum’s Killing Hope. Blum is hardly an unproblematic source, but there have been few academic attempts to plot and characterise the full character of post-war American power, although case study discussions are common.
These kinds of graphics have a powerful initial effect, yet often raise as many questions as they answer. What is the threshold for ‘intervention’ here? Do we count only those initiated purely by the US, or ones coordinated with, or through, other actors? And how do we represent the significance of interventions? How do such images smooth over the differences between, say, France in the 1960s and the Vietnam inferno?