Author Archives: Doug Bandow

Trump Surrenders to the Foreign Policy Blob

The choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has turned out to be no choice at all.

Washington Throws the Kurds Under the Bus, Again

And raises the question of why we ever made a post-ISIS commitment to them in the first place.

Landmines on the Road to the Trump-Kim Summit

The president’s temperament is first among them. Is it possible the meeting might never take place?

The Angela Merkel Era is Coming to an End

Germany’s chancellor knows her fourth term will be her last—and her potential successors are already jockeying for position.

Trump is Enabling Brutal Repression in Bahrain

Washington’s tolerance for such dictatorships undermines its criticism of Iran and other authoritarian governments.

Perhaps It’s Time For South Korea To Go Nuclear

Building their own arsenal could prove less costly than the complicated U.S. relationship.

The Dangers of Cartel Government

As Germany’s main parties mull another suffocating grand coalition, the populist right is steadily gaining ground.

America is Bankrupt and Republicans Couldn’t Care Less

These poseurs of fiscal responsibility are about to drive up debt to its highest levels since World War II.

A Modest Proposal for Regime Change in North Korea

Featuring all the magical thinking that you’ve come to expect from the foreign policy establishment.

Nikki Haley: The Bold Scold of the Trump Administration

Carrying on the tradition of hubris and hypocrisy of every other modern U.N. ambassador.

War With North Korea Appears More Imminent Than Ever

Provocative U.S. military exercises in Northeast Asia aren’t helping.

Trashing the Conventional Wisdom on North Korea

Three steps toward solving the current crisis.

Let Americans Go to North Korea

Isolating a weak regime won’t bring peace.

When Fake Countries Go to War

The Persian Gulf is full of expats, foreign workers, and fat cats.

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.

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