Author Archives: Doug Bandow

Trump Panders on Cuba, Preferring Cold War Over Progress

Trump’s policy protects communist dictatorship

Trump’s New and Misguided Respect for NATO

What happened to the president who promised to make Europe pay for its own defense?

Why Is North Korea the United States’ Problem?

The price of America’s reflexive defense of populous and prosperous allies is getting much higher.

Is Turkey Still a Bridge to the West?

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has destroyed founder Ataturk’s secular heritage and taken his nation down an Islamist path.

Rasmussen’s Refrain: Let Uncle Sam Do It

A cheerleader for the U.S. as global policeman severely overestimates how much anyone—Americans or otherwise—agrees with his idea.

U.S. Should Favor the Most Vulnerable Religious Refugees

The purpose is not to discriminate against Islam, but to recognize the unique situation of non-Muslims in the Middle East.

How to Engage North Korea

Isolation has failed. Talking might help.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

He appears willing to kick nations off of the U.S. defense dole.

America Cannot Promote Democracy at Gunpoint

Even when well-meaning, Washington often has done far more harm than good.

Brexit and the Lessons of American Federalism

The British people must decide whether the risk of Leviathan outweighs the benefits of centralization.

No Libertarian Case for Empire

Americans who want liberty at home should be wary of expats who seek U.S. intervention abroad.

South Korea’s Secret Weakness

Our military aid to Seoul gives Pyongyang its only edge.

No War for Manila

America risks conflict with China for a feeble ally.

Mitt Romney: The Foreign Policy of Know-Nothingism

From Russia to the Mideast to the Korean Peninsula, the ex-governor is out of touch with geostratetic reality.

Attack of the Pork Hawks

Loving the Pentagon turns conservatives into big-spending liberals.

Barriers to Peace

Christians as well as Muslims suffer from Palestine’s occupation.

What I Saw in Afghanistan

A decade of nation-building has not made Kabul—or America—any safer. By Doug …

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