Author Archives: Doug Bandow

Why America’s Allies Should Develop Nuclear Weapons

Proliferation is a good thing if it means relieving some of America’s numerous security guarantees.

An Arab NATO Would Be Two NATOs Too Many

Doubling down on Washington’s manifestly failed Mideast strategy.

Trump’s Iran Regime Change Fantasies

His advisors apparently believe that reliable actors are waiting in the wings. Haven’t we heard that before?

America Doesn’t Need Another Weakling NATO Ally

Macedonia is the latest nation invited into the alliance, but how does that enhance America’s (or Europe’s) security?

No, Secretary Pompeo, America’s Strategy in Afghanistan is Not Working

The green-on-blue killing of an American soldier is just the latest indication that this war has failed.

Putin-Phobia, the Only Bipartisan Game in Town

Hawks and doves in Washington agree Vlad is bad. Can Trump act as the lone realist?

America the Hyperpowerful

We involve ourselves all over the world despite facing few security threats. What if it had turned out differently?

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.

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