Doug Bandow
Doug Bandow is a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute and served as a Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan. He also 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

Turkey's Attempted Coup: The Collapse Of The Ideal Islamic Democracy

(9) Comments | Posted July 24, 2016 | 8:09 AM

Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled Turkey for more than a decade. He should be enjoying his time of triumph. He towers above the political system, able to create and dismiss governments at will.

The mayor turned prime minister turned president created a new, victorious Islamic movement. He eradicated the gaggle...

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What's A Freedom-Loving American To Do In November?

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 6:38 AM

The coming presidential election could cause a liberty lover to commit ritual seppuku. A left-wing corporatist and friend of influence-peddlers will face off against an unprincipled populist who supports big government and carries protectionist and anti-immigration banners.

The usual of gaggle of third parties are running with no hope...

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미국은 한반도의 수렁에서 발을 빼야 한다

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 6:37 PM

편집자 주: 한미 당국의 사드 배치 발표는 어떤 방향으로든 한미동맹의 역사에 중요한 기점이 될 것으로 보인다. '북한'과 '미국'이 안보 관련 정책의 거의 모든 변수였던 과거와는 달리 '중국' 또한 주요 변수로 작용하고 있기 때문이다. 한미관계에 어떤 식으로든 재정립이 필요한 시기, 한미동맹에 대한 상반된 시각의 견해를 소개한다. 아래의 글과 반대의 견해를 제시하고...
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Exit the Korean Imbroglio: A Win-Win Approach for America to Northeast Asia

(10) Comments | Posted July 17, 2016 | 3:24 AM

North Korea is likely to be one of the worst headaches, or maybe nightmares, for the next president. He or she "must find a way to neuter Mr. Kim's outlandish and frightening peril," intoned the Washington Post.

Of course, four successive presidents have sought to do so. Yet nothing they...

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Viktor Kochnoi: Fighting The Soviet System To Play Better Chess

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2016 | 11:17 AM

Almost anything associated with the Cold War appears to be an anachronism these days. New college graduates never saw the hammer and sickle fly over the Kremlin, the deadly wall cut Berlin in half, and defectors leave home in search of that most precious human commodity, liberty.

Even for those...

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From 1 To 16: How Brexit Was A Clear Win For The Good Guys

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 8:04 AM

Watching the Brexit campaign and aftermath generated mixed feelings: It was a little like the man who saw his mother-in-law drive his new Mercedes off a cliff. In the United Kingdom some people who hated free trade, immigration, and market innovation challenged the officious, wannabe super-state headquartered in Brussels. Who...

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Declare War On America's Enemies, Not The Rest Of The World

(19) Comments | Posted July 4, 2016 | 9:30 AM

It comes as news to no one that Congress is filled with political cowards.

The Constitution places the power to declare war with the legislative branch. This did not mean simply taking note that the president had bombed or invaded another nation. Congress is to decide whether there will...

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The Real Meaning of Brexit

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 4:13 PM

The United Kingdom is set to exit the European Union. Nigel Farage of the United Kingdom Independence Party had declared: "Win or lose this battle, we will win this war. We will get our country back." Average voters won both the battle and war against most of the nation's political,...

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Americans Should Follow Brexit With Amexit To Escape Washington's Brutal Embrace

(4) Comments | Posted June 27, 2016 | 3:49 AM

The British have voted to leave the European Union. There are many reasons people wanted to quit. Perhaps the most important is self-government. Britons are tired of being bossed around by nameless and faceless bureaucrats in Brussels. Americans should follow the British in reconsidering the wisdom of living under a...

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Recognize Responsible Islamic Voices such as the Organization Of Islamic Cooperation

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 4:12 PM

America's relationship with Islam is fraught with tension. Donald Trump doesn't want to let any more Muslims into the U.S. He's not alone. But no one wins if Americans end up fighting an endless war with 1.6 billion people worldwide.

Rather, Washington should encourage responsible Islamic voices. One is...

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Let's Bring Troops Home From Okinawa: Japanese Should Decide Own Defense Future

(13) Comments | Posted June 21, 2016 | 8:44 AM

Could the U.S.-Japan alliance founder as a result of alcohol? Apparently. At least, that's the implication of the U.S. Navy's ban on drinking by personnel stationed on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

It would be far better to phase out America's military presence on Okinawa, turning U.S. bases back to...

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The Politics Of War: Is Donald Trump Helping The Cause for Peace?

(18) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 11:00 AM

When the Berlin Wall fell, Warsaw Pact dissolved, and Soviet Union split apart, U.S. foreign policy became obsolete almost overnight. For a brief moment advocates of a quasi-imperial foreign policy seemed worried.

For instance, NATO advocates were reduced to talking about having the anti-Soviet military compact promote student exchanges...

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Sanctions Against North Korea Hurt the People Rather Than the Government

(8) Comments | Posted June 15, 2016 | 3:35 AM

North Korea has completed its first Korean Workers' Party congress in 36 years. The ruling elite appeared to be getting along fine despite international sanctions. Washington needs to find a new approach toward the North.

The so-called Democratic People's Republic of Korea poses one of the most vexing challenges...

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Brits Should Look to America Before Voting on Brexit

(44) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 5:38 PM

Donald Trump's success in the U.S. is not unique. Europe is being buffeted by similar populist currents. Illiberal, nationalist governments rule Hungary and Poland. Austria nearly elected a right-wing nationalist as president. Anti-EU leftists share power in Portugal.

Swiss voters have targeted immigration and Islam. The Dutch recently rejected...

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Hillary Clinton Criticizes Donald Trump, Reveals Herself to Be Queen of War

(193) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 8:35 AM

Distrusted by most Americans and generating little enthusiasm even among supporters, Hillary Clinton has wrapped up the Democratic presidential nomination but fallen behind Donald Trump in some polls. Her antidote? A brutal attack on Trump for what she termed his rants, feuds, and lies.

It was an ironic tactic for...

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Advance Human Rights in North Korea by Confronting Security Challenges

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2016 | 3:44 PM

North Korea is a multilateral conundrum, challenging the U.S., China, and numerous countries in between. Despite enduring decades of confrontation and isolation, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea continues to accelerate nuclear development, miniaturize nuclear weapons, and produce intercontinental missiles.

Failure to restrain the DPRK, along with understandable horror...

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Despite What Donald Trump Says, Free Trade Benefits Americans

(32) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 5:17 AM

Trade is good for the U.S. Americans benefit from purchasing inexpensive products and services from abroad as well as selling their own wares around the globe. Americans must look overseas for markets: 95 percent of the world's people and 80 percent of the world's economy are elsewhere. Unfortunately, we all...

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North Korea's Kims Should Remember the Prophets of Baal Before Claiming to Be God

(7) Comments | Posted June 1, 2016 | 3:50 AM

North Korea without doubt is unique. If nothing else, its claimed accomplishments rival the faux Russian achievements cited by Pavel Chekov in the original Star Trek. Yet only the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has established a Communist monarchy, now reaching the third generation.

The real question for Kim...

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Will Donald Trump Save America From an Unnecessary War?

(48) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 6:39 AM

Donald Trump is headed toward the Republican Party's presidential nomination. He's among the most pugnacious of candidates, routinely trashing Republicans, Democrats, immigrants, Mexicans, women, Muslims, and foreign policy professionals.

Many of these political battles could reduce his chance of getting elected president. But his fight with the last group...

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