Author Archives: Ted Galen Carpenter

Is America Prodding Taiwan Towards Conflict With China?

Tensions are building as Beijing cracks down on the island’s hopes for independence. But should Washington be choosing sides?

Putin, Xi, Assad, and Maduro vs. the American Hegemon

The U.S. is now the common enemy and a new axis is working to make it irrelevant.

Nicaragua: Washington’s Other Hemispheric Nemesis

While most of the attention is on Venezuela, another crisis is brewing under Daniel Ortega’s authoritarian regime.

The Dogs of War Sniff Out Mission in Central Africa

If we don’t do it—the growing narrative goes—Russia, China, and ISIS will.

How NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

Obama officials reveal how relentlessly our ‘allies’ lobbied for this ill-advised regime change war.

Washington’s Incoherent Policy Towards Dictators

It’s been either self-serving fawning collaboration or hostile meddling. Will Venezuela be any different?

Russia Sure Behaves Strangely for a Country Bent on Conquest

Its conduct has been abrasive and aggressive, but there’s no evidence that Moscow harbors expansionist ambitions.

NATO Partisans Started a New Cold War With Russia

Putin is responding to the West’s aggressive actions, not the other way around.

Ukraine Doesn’t Deserve America’s Blind Support

The Kerch Strait incident has Westerners once again antagonizing Russia. But the truth is far more complicated.

Another False Dawn in Libya?

Elections are postponed, again, and the dangerous power vacuum the U.S. created there remains.

Poking the Russian Bear With the NATO Umbrella

Our Western European partners thought it was a bad idea then, and do now. Why aren’t we listening?

Washington Quietly Increases Lethal Weapons to Ukraine

Critics who say Trump is being “soft on Russia” should be paying attention to this.

Why America Must Put Interests Before Ideals

Both are important, but prioritizing the latter leads to needless humanitarian wars that don’t work.

Yes, the Press Helps Start Wars

History shows that a jingoistic media can whip up support for hardline policies, as Trump rightly pointed out.

Rediscovering the Art of Diplomacy With Vladimir Putin

Trump has the opportunity for his greatest foreign policy accomplishment yet.

Taiwan Boosts Its Defenses Against Chinese ‘Strangulation’

Rather than deter it, the U.S. should help orchestrate the tiny island’s transition to a “porcupine strategy.”

Too Many Foreign Policy Double Standards Hurt U.S. Credibility

The hypocrisy is especially evident in Washington’s approach to Saudi Arabia and other Middle East ‘allies.’

Trump Should Test North Korea with the Offer of a Grand Bargain

If Kim is serious about disarming, Trump should offer a Korean peace treaty, diplomatic recognition, and an end to economic sanctions.

Will the U.S. Go to War With China Over Taiwan?

It’s time to rethink our defense commitments. Risking a catastrophic conflict is too great a price for Taiwanese independence.

Syrian Kurds: The Other Woman in America’s Relationship With Turkey

Relations with our NATO ally have hit a low—and the long-term prognosis is bleak.

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