Doug Bandow

Doug Bandow is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. A former Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan, he is the author and editor of several books, including The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington (Transaction) and Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics (Crossway).

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World Court Decision Won’t Temper China’s Territorial Claims

 

As expected, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled against China’s expansive territorial claims in the South China Sea. The Philippines was exultant. Beijing responded angrily. Territorial disputes pose a perennial international problem. Great powers, including the U.S., typically refuse to be bound by the decisions of others when they believe important interests […]

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A Brexit Revote?

 

The polls had barely closed in the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum when people on the losing side were calling for a revote. So far nearly four million people have signed petitions to hold another contest. It’s unlikely. The margin of victory was decisive, about four percent and 1.3 million votes. Prime David Cameron declared that […]

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Post-Vote Eurocrats Want to Rush Brits Out the Door

 

The European Union’s leaders said they wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the EU. But Brussels offered only minimal concessions to British Prime Minister David Cameron, undercutting his effort to sell the benefits of continued EU membership. Now the Eurocrats who dominate EU policy are attempting to push the UK out the door. London […]

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Viktor Korchnoi: Chess Grandmaster, Soviet Defector, Pugnacious Competitor

 

Almost anything associated with the Cold War appears to be an anachronism these days. Today’s college graduates never saw the hammer and sickle fly over the Kremlin, the deadly wall that cut Berlin in half, or defectors leave home in search of that most precious human commodity, liberty. Even for those of us with a few […]

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Evangelicals May Show Unusual Maturity in Voting for Trump

 

Ever since white evangelicals dramatically entered the political process in the 1980s they have voted overwhelmingly Republican. That identification remains, but this year they will not be voting for one of their own. Absent a miracle akin to Christ changing water into wine, Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee. Many evangelicals understandably are uncomfortable […]

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What The American Experience Suggests For Brexit

 

Britons today face a similar dilemma to that which divided Federalists and Anti-Federalists debating the U.S. Constitution. A few years ago President Barack Obama urged members of the European Union to admit Turkey. Now he wants the United Kingdom to stay in the EU. Even when the U.S. isn’t a member of the club the […]

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Donald Trump’s Hits And Misses In Foreign Policy

 

Donald Trump has offered his foreign policy vision. It was a bit of a mishmash, but he is no Neoconservative and broke with pro-war Republican orthodoxy in important ways. The speech, delivered last week in downtown Washington, was standard campaign fare, intended to demonstrate that the candidate was serious, and included some of the usual […]

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Donald Trump’s Hits and Misses in Foreign Policy

 

Donald Trump has offered his foreign policy vision. It was a bit of a mishmash, but he is no Neoconservative and broke with pro-war Republican orthodoxy in important ways. The speech, delivered last week in downtown Washington, was standard campaign fare, intended to demonstrate that the candidate was serious, and included some of the usual […]

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China Must Confront Its North Korea Problem

 

Great powers usually have client states. Although a sign of influence, the latter often are more trouble than they are worth. North Korea increasingly appears that way for Beijing. The Chinese-North Korean relationship was oft said to be like lips and teeth, forged in blood during the Korean War. But even then, the relationship was […]

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Mr. Trump: America’s Economic Problem Is Regulation, Not Trade

 

Even when Donald Trump seems to get something right, he’s mostly wrong. At least when it comes to economics. Many Americans are suffering financially. Yet he hates trade, even though Americans have grown rich as a trading nation. And he says virtually nothing about regulation, which has done so much to harm U.S. competitiveness. No […]

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