Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. He is a former special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and the author of several books, including Foreign Follies: America’s New Global Empire.


Throughout the dramatic year of 1989 the highly militaristic and secretive Hermit Kingdom of North Korea remained apparently unaffected and apart.


Policies for a perennial problem-state.

Easy foreign money has allowed Cairo to put off necessary reforms of its distorted, inefficient economy.

"America should reject any direct military role. In no case should the US be involved in occupying and pacifying the North."

It isn't clear what's causing the purges—but they make reform and stability unlikely.

Still unconvincing.

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The first principle should always be "do no harm."

NATO has turned into an association that drags members into everyone else’s wars, actually reducing collective security.

Western-style entertainment and illiberal regimes coexist uneasily.

Harsh criticism and pushy moves by the European Union could send Kiev running back into Moscow's arms.

The country has come a long way over the past few years. Washington should shift its policy from isolation to engagement.

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April 19, 2014