Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of a number of books on economics and politics. He writes regularly on military non-interventionism.

My Articles

June 29, 2017, 11:33 AM EDT
If Washington becomes an active combatant in Syria, it would find itself in a military standoff with Shia-giant Iran, NATO ally Turkey and nuclear-armed Russia over minimal geopolitical stakes.
May 12, 2017, 12:02 PM EDT
Turkey’s president secured near dictatorial powers in a recent constitutional referendum.
April 17, 2017, 10:44 AM EDT
Washington will own what it breaks.
November 9, 2016, 4:13 PM EST
What Chinese believe today really matters.
November 2, 2016, 8:46 AM EDT
N. Korea's persecution of people of religious faith stands out.
August 18, 2016, 2:43 PM EDT
The attempted coup in Turkey is a reminder that even democracies are vulnerable.
August 9, 2016, 4:27 PM EDT
Turkey’s brief democratic moment is ending.
July 6, 2016, 10:14 AM EDT
Just when should the majority — and what kind of a majority — rule?
January 27, 2016, 11:43 AM EST
Anyone who flies coach probably wishes he or she had more legroom. Going “cattle class” isn’t fun. But for most people, it’s better than not going at all, which for most travelers is the real alternative.
January 4, 2016, 5:09 PM EST
History weighs heavily on East Asia. Relations among Russia, China, India, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines and other states are heavily influenced by past wars, conquests and colonialism. To Washington’s enduring frustration, its two most important democratic allies, Japan and the Republic of Korea, have been at odds for decades, their relationship poisoned by Tokyo’s half century of rule over the once united Korean kingdom.
March 19, 2015, 11:27 AM EDT
Americans take religious liberty for granted. It is the First Freedom, guaranteed by the First Amendment. But four of five people around the world lack the freedom to worship and live faithfully. And the percentage of the world’s population lacking religious liberty recently edged upward. Attacks on Jews hit a recent peak. Even Americans cannot afford to take their freedoms for granted.
March 6, 2015, 2:34 PM EST
The United States Postal Service (USPS) lost $5.5 billion last year. That is the eighth annual loss in a row and the third-highest ever. The only silver lining is that the loss was below the red-ink tsunami of $15.9 billion in 2012.
December 31, 2014, 2:21 PM EST
The year is drawing to a close and we are supposed to be happy that the lame duck Congress survived its usual year-end brinkmanship and threats of a government shutdown. Horrors! What would the helpless people do if politicians weren’t able to legislate, regulate, and dictate in the “public interest”? Why, the republic would collapse.
December 18, 2014, 11:42 AM EST
President Barack Obama used negotiations over a couple of imprisoned Americans to refashion the entire U.S.-Cuba relationship. He aims to reopen the embassy, relax trade and travel restrictions, and improve communication systems.
October 23, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
Cairo — “I could be arrested when I leave here,” said a journalist I met at the tony Marriott near Cairo’s Tahrir Square. A student activist acting as an interpreter observed that he, too, could be detained at any time. A veteran human rights activist calmly stated, “Some of our groups will be closed. Some of us will be imprisoned. It is inevitable.”
October 9, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT
Hong Kong is part of China, but enjoys a charmed existence. Administered separately from the rest of the People’s Republic of China, the territory respects civil liberties while hosting the world’s freest economy. But democratic Hong Kong is not.
October 7, 2014, 11:16 AM EDT
The United States has been at war in Afghanistan for 13 years. That is as long as it was at war in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II and the Korean War combined. The conflict reflects purposeless inertia in Washington. Keeping nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan would just sustain the bloody status quo.
October 2, 2014, 1:02 PM EDT
Before becoming prime minister, India’s Narendra Modi was barred from receiving a visa to visit the U.S. A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was tied to deadly sectarian violence. But now he leads one of Asia’s most important powers, and the Obama administration is rolling out the red carpet.
September 29, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT
As the Scots debate independence, the British government has responded with every argument imaginable—except the threat to invade. Prime Minister David Cameron is no Abraham Lincoln.
September 29, 2014, 11:12 AM EDT
BEIJING—China’s university system is growing. However, the People’s Republic of China still lags behind the U.S. and other Western nations. Chinese students increasingly are heading to America for higher education.