The Skeptics

Dump Our Double-Dealing, Thuggish 'Allies'

It is questionable enough for the United States to maintain its network of alliances in a world without a superpower threat to its security. Indeed, one could argue that even during the Cold War, the United States was the most secure great power in history. How many other great powers ever enjoyed the luxury of two oceanic moats on its flanks and nothing more than weak and friendly neighbors on its other borders? Most confronted geostrategic situations that did not even faintly resemble such a benign environment.

5 Ways to Respond If North Korea Tests Another Nuke

In January North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in the face of universal international protest. Even China, Pyongyang’s one nominal ally, joined in the criticism.

With Beijing’s support the United Nations imposed new sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The U.S. and its allies warned Pyongyang of further isolation if the DPRK continued to flout the will of the international community.

Demographics: India's Greatest Economic Advantage (And Weakness)

One of India’s most promising economic features is its large working-age population. Yet if India doesn’t find jobs for its young people, this boon will quickly turn into a powder-keg, as evinced by the recent agitations of unemployed Jats in Haryana. The most important impediment to job growth in India is the country’s outmoded labor regulations. These have been on the agenda since at least the mid-1990s, yet perpetually excused from reform. The arguments in favor of change bear repeating, lest India fails to grab a once-in-a-lifetime chance to capture its demographic dividend.

The War America Ignores

The Middle East is often categorized as a cauldron of blood-soaked anarchy—an area of the world where those who rule care more about their family’s fortunes than the prosperity of their subjects and a region where political disagreements are resolved by bullets and vendettas rather than votes at the ballot box.

Don’t Blame a Weaker Military on Money

In recent weeks, there’s been a steady drumbeat in the media of calls to increase defense spending. In newspapers, TV and radio, this chorus contends that a shrinking military budget is putting U.S. national security at risk. Repeal the Budget Control Act and boost Pentagon spending, they warn, or suffer the consequences of a less secure nation. The time has come to expose the fact these claims are without merit and instead shine a light on the real cause of our dwindling military capabilities.

Sorry, North Korea: Kim Jong-un Isn't God

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.