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Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He is a columnist with Forbes online and frequent contributor to National Interest online and American Spectator online. Formerly a columnist for, a nationally syndicated columnist with Copley News Service, and editor of the monthly political magazine Inquiry, he has been widely published in such periodicals as Time, Newsweek, and Fortune, as well as leading newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has written several books, including Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire (Xulon Press), The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea (co-author, Palgrave/Macmillan), and Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World (Cato Institute).

Entries by Doug Bandow

North Korea Trumps U.S. With Coming Party Congress

(5) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 5:53 AM

America's political silly season will rush toward a close with the two party conventions this summer, followed by the November presidential election. Both gatherings are likely to be lively. Indeed, Nixon political operative Roger Stone predicts riots if Donald Trump fails to win the GOP nod.

But both of these...

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China Must Confront Its North Korea Problem

(15) Comments | Posted April 25, 2016 | 6:03 AM

Great powers usually have client states. Although a sign of influence, the latter often are more trouble than they are worth. North Korea increasingly appears that way for Beijing.

The Chinese-North Korean relationship was oft said to be like lips and teeth, forged in blood during the Korean War. That's...

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Burma on Road to Democracy: How Far How Fast?

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 7:30 AM

A half century of military dictatorship has officially ended in Burma, or Myanmar. The cost has been high, with brutal war and systematic repression finally giving way to nominal civilian rule. Yet taking the final steps toward democracy may be as difficult as making the transition so far.

For years...

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Uncle Sam Should Close Its Nuclear Umbrella Over Asia

(3) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 7:44 AM

Donald Trump again caused international consternation. His remarks about South Korea and Japan developing nuclear weapons set off a minor firestorm. "It would be catastrophic were the United States to shift its position and indicate that we support somehow the proliferation of nuclear weapons to additional countries," argued deputy national...

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Stuck in the Ukrainian Conundrum: U.S. and Europe Need to Drop Sanctions and Negotiate a Way Out

(111) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 8:29 AM

Many Ukrainians expect America and Europe to save them. Suggest that they are living a fantasy gets you tarred as a blatant fool and Russian stooge. Yet Ukraine shouldn't waste time posing as a fairy tale maiden in distress waiting for rescue by the Western knight in shining armor. Kiev...

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Donald Trump Challenges Washington's Bipartisan War Lobby: Developing a Foreign Policy for America

(23) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 8:54 AM

Donald Trump has become this season's campaign phenomenon. He's broken all the rules. Yet he could become the Republican presidential nominee and maybe even president.

GOP elites are in a frenzy. The Neoconservatives and ultra-hawks who have dominated Republican foreign policy for more than a decade are considering political treason....

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Populists on the March Worldwide: Seven Steps to Keep Donald Trump and European Nationalists Out of Power

(38) Comments | Posted April 8, 2016 | 9:04 AM

Donald Trump continues to lead the Republican primary race. He could take the GOP presidential nomination. More important, he could be America's next president.

The public symbol of American liberty and exceptionalism. The international exponent of American principles and values. The world's most powerful person.

It's a sobering...

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As Crimea Passes Two Years as Part of Russia, Time to Negotiate Away Sanctions

(70) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 9:28 AM

Two years ago Russia detached Crimea from Ukraine. Since then the Western allies have huffed and puffed while imposing economic sanctions, but to little effect. Although Russia's economy has suffered, Vladimir Putin remains popular. Most important, Crimea just celebrated the second anniversary of its switch, with construction planned on a...

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Genocide Proceeds Against Christians and other Mideast Religious Minorities

(53) Comments | Posted April 2, 2016 | 7:04 AM

ERBIL, IRAQ--Kurdistan in the north of Iraq has become a refuge for Christians and other religious minorities in the midst of the Islamic State's murderous rampage. In response the Republican-controlled House voted to designate the Islamic State's murderous campaign against Christians and Yazidis as genocide.

It's an ironic judgment...

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Despite Western Paranoia, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltic States

(0) Comments | Posted March 29, 2016 | 8:09 AM

When the Cold War closed many people believed that history had ended. Peace had descended upon the earth. The lion was about to lie down with the lamb. The Second Coming seemed on its way. Europe was certain to be free and undivided.

Alas, it hasn't worked out that way....

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How to Convince China to Cooperate Against North Korea

(36) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Another North Korean nuclear test, another round of demands that China bring Pyongyang to heel. Said Secretary of State John Kerry: Beijing's policy "has not worked and we cannot continue business as usual." Alas, his approach is worse than ineffective. It likely ensures that the PRC will ignore Washington's wishes.

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Iranian Vote Affirms Obama Administration Nuclear Deal

(19) Comments | Posted March 22, 2016 | 4:01 PM

Iranians recently voted for a new parliament (Majlis) as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation with the Islamic republic.

America's relations...

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North Korea Ignores 'International Community,' Violates UN Resolution -- Again!

(21) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 10:28 AM

Yet again North Korea has angered "the world." Pyongyang recently violated another United Nations ban, launching a satellite into orbit. The Japanese UN ambassador spoke of "outrage" on the Security Council. Washington led the campaign to sanction the North.

Announced UN Ambassador Samantha Power: "The accelerated development of North Korea's...

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Create Fixed Judicial Terms to Depoliticize Supreme Court Nominations

(78) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 11:30 AM

Rumors continue to swirl over who President Barack Obama is considering as his nominee to the Supreme Court to replace Antonin Scalia. Whether the Senate will even hold hearings on his choice is uncertain.

Contrary to the judiciary's reputation as the least dangerous branch, judges exercise almost every executive...

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Trump Versus Rubio: Surprising Man of (Relative) Peace Vs. War-Happy Neocon

(26) Comments | Posted March 12, 2016 | 3:41 AM

With every advancing primary the Republican establishment grows more desperate to stop Donald Trump. It appears to have settled on Marco Rubio as the last great hope to save the Republican Party, or at least the elites which dominate the GOP.

Republican voters face a bad choice. The Donald's...

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Maybe South Korea Needs Its Own Nuclear Weapon

(25) Comments | Posted March 9, 2016 | 6:21 AM

Four decades ago South Korea's President Park Chung-hee, father of the current president, launched a quest for nuclear weapons. Washington, the South's military protector, applied substantial pressure to kill the program.

Today it looks like Park might have been right.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea continues its relentless quest...

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U.S. Aid Underwrites Bad Israeli Economic and Oppressive Occupation Policies

(79) Comments | Posted March 7, 2016 | 6:28 AM

America is practically bankrupt, yet Israel remains a multi-billion dollar dependent. The U.S. can't afford to continue subsidizing well-off nations, no matter how friendly. And Israel, which spends heavily both to expand state regulation and occupy Palestinian lands, doesn't need American support.

The Middle East is in flames, but Israel...

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Forget Nation-Building in Afghanistan: Bring America's Troops Home

(6) Comments | Posted March 2, 2016 | 6:26 AM

Afghanistan is a bust. The Taliban is expanding its control. The number of "security incidents" was up a fifth in the last months of 2015 over the previous year. Popular confidence is at its lowest level in a decade. More than $100 billion in "aid" has been largely squandered. U.S....

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Western Paranoia Aside, Russia Unlikely to Attack the Baltics

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2016 | 5:39 AM

When the Cold War closed many people believed that history had ended. Peace had descended upon the earth. The lion was about to lie down with the lamb. The Second Coming seemed on its way. Europe was certain to be free and undivided.

Alas, it hasn't worked out that way....

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When It Comes to the Budget at Least the Socialist Is Honest About His Plans

(8) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 4:30 AM

It's the season of the political pander. It seems worst on the right. Just vote for me for president, and I will make your dreams come true. Lots of benefits, low taxes, large military, many services, little government. It's magic!

It probably comes as no surprise that a Democrat like...

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