Author Archives: Doug Bandow

Angela Merkel, Teflon No Longer

Europe’s populist wave is still building—and it could claim the German chancellor next.

The Saudi-UAE Alliance is the Most Dangerous Force in the Middle East Today

The latest: they are bombing a port that accounts for 80 percent of the food and aid trickling into starving Yemen.

Poland Wants an American Garrison: Let Germany Do It!

Before taking office Trump seemed to understand that European free-riding was counterproductive. What about now?

Do These Guys Prefer War With North Korea?

John Bolton and Lindsey Graham are saber-rattling as though armed conflict is the only way.

Is It Time to Carve Turkey Out of NATO?

Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule and divergent interests are proving a huge problem.

Don’t Downplay the Détente Between the Koreas

Cynics miss that there is real promise for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

When Allies Should Just Shut Up

America’s “friends” are taking credit for the strike on Syria—to which they contributed very little, if anything at all.

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.

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