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.

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August 15, 2019, 4:13 PM EDT
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May 10, 2019, 4:10 PM EDT
President Donald J. Trump and South Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un (Photo by Vietnam News Agency - Handout/Getty Images)
August 29, 2018, 11:28 AM EDT
War is the ultimate human calamity. Despite the fevered hopes and utopian promises of its advocates, loosing the dogs of war almost always results in abundant death and destruction, and sometimes unimaginable slaughter, devastation, and horror. America’s last four wars, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Yemen, should serve as sufficient proof of this fact.
May 1, 2018, 2:46 PM EDT
The meeting between South Korean president Moon Jae-in and North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un was picture perfect. Their objectives promised cooperation and peace. The symbolism of the summit could not have been better.
February 7, 2018, 3:38 PM EST
Religious intolerance is a global constant. The defeat of the Islamic State is good news, but persecutors were active before ISIS arose and persecutors will remain active despite the group’s collapse. In many nations freedom of conscience is seen as an existential threat.
December 5, 2017, 10:51 AM EST
North Korea conducted its highest missile test yet. So much for the Trump administration’s forlorn hope that Pyongyang’s two-month pause of missile tests indicated that the Kim regime was prepared to negotiate terms of surrender with Washington. Western nations responded with the usual meaningless denunciations of the North. President Donald Trump announced: “We will take care of it.”
November 16, 2017, 2:57 PM EST
Mile by mile and person by person, North Korea is the most destabilizing nation on earth. The small, poor and isolated country is building nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles. Americans who once felt invulnerable are worrying about the possibility of nuclear war.
November 6, 2017, 10:09 AM EST
Tokyo should take over its own defense. But shifting responsibility for Japan’s conventional defense is not enough. The United States should reconsider its nuclear umbrella as well. In defending Japan, Washington already is risking Los Angeles to protect Tokyo. If North Korea acquires the ability to hit the U.S. homeland, Uncle Sam will be doing the same again, only against a potentially more reckless power.
July 26, 2017, 4:28 PM EDT
Some in Congress want to ban travel to the North. But a free society should protect the liberty to travel and explore. This right shouldn’t be limited without compelling justification.
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.