Doug Bandow

Saudi Arabia is a Frenemy Which Makes the World More Dangerous

The House of Saud for years has helped spread radical and violent Islam by subsidizing fundamentalist Wahhabi teachings at home and abroad. This theology celebrates hostility to modernity and encourages extremism and terrorism.

Address North Korea by Listening to China

Successive U.S. Presidents have sought China’s aid to restrain North Korea, but have failed to listen to Beijing while lobbying Chinese officials for their support.  If Washington hopes to win backing from the People’s Republic of China, American policymakers must respond to the China’s recommendations and concerns.

Thailand’s Military Junta Enjoys Power and Postpones Elections

Shortly after seizing control of Thailand General turned Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said that he hoped not to violate human rights “too much.” In that he has failed dramatically. Students are detained for using the three-finger salute from the movie Hunger Games and even posting on Facebook self-portraits raising their fingers.

Time to Close Thailand’s Camps for Burmese Refugees?

“It is time to start planning for the return of refugees to Burma.  Only then will people who have suffered through so much be able to prepare for a better future.”

KGB's Old Headquarters of Lubyanka Glowers at New Russia, Much Like the Old

Despite the frenzied push in Washington for economic sanctions and military threats, the success of Putinism is well beyond America’s control.  The U.S. certainly should not promote military confrontation with nuclear-armed Moscow over an issue of limited importance to Washington.

Myanmar Reforms Slip Into Reverse: How to Save Burma’s Democracy

Friends of liberty worldwide should offer aid and support to Burmese activists seeking political reform.

U.S. and Russia Must Find Exit to Ukraine Impasse

Obama has no plausible strategy to reverse Putin’s policy toward Ukraine. While sanctions may be hurting Russia in the short term, the longer the crisis persists, the greater the financial drain Ukraine will be for America and Europe. Everyone is losing.

Russia Should Bury Lenin’s Body and the Rest of Communism

Burying Vladimir Lenin would be a powerful symbolic gesture to close an era. That still might not help the West understand what Vladimir Putin is, but it would emphatically show what he is not. And that would be no small feat at a time of dangerously rising tensions between Russia and the West.

Congress Should Tell Obama No to War Against the Islamic State

President Obama did the right thing by belatedly asking Congress for authority to go to war.  Congress also should do the right thing—by saying no.

Undercurrents of Liberty in China

China is a complicated civilization with a venerable heritage in rapid transition to somewhere, but no one is quite sure where.  Politics remains authoritarian, and it isn’t obvious that democracy would yield a meek Beijing.

Why Should U.S. Defend Turkey From Islamic State When Turks Aided Extremists’ Rise?

The Islamic State is a much more significant threat against Middle Eastern states, such as Turkey, than it is to America. These nations also hold the key to the group’s defeat.  They have the interest and capability.  As Islamic nations they also have credibility. All that’s lacking is necessity. 

Defeat the Islamic State by Allowing Syria and Others to Kill Radicals

CHQ contributor Doug Bandow argues that rather than turn the Islamic State into a U.S. military priority, and take America into war, we should organize an Islamic coalition against the Islamic State. 

U.S. Should Defend South Korea by Letting it Develop Nuclear Weapons

In Northeast Asia, nonproliferation has become the international equivalent of gun control:  only the bad guys have guns.  Russia, China, and North Korea all are nuclear powers, why not let South Korea take responsibility for its own defense?

Japan Moves Closer to Defending Itself like a Normal Country

For almost seven decades the U.S. has played the dominant role in protecting Japan.  The justification for doing so is long over.

China Should Bury Mao Zedong, the Greatest Mass Murderer in History

Maoism is dead. However, the Chinese people remain in chains, though their fetters now are gold and silver.

Ukraine Crisis Reminds Americans Why NATO Should Not Expand

The ongoing strife in Ukraine is a crime by Moscow and tragedy for Kiev.  It’s also a warning for America. Washington should turn Europe’s security back to Europe.

U.S. Should Stay Out Of Iraqi’s Latest Sectarian Civil War

ISIL has grown out of past U.S. policy mistakes.  Washington cannot afford to be stampeded into another unnecessary and counterproductive war.

Politicians Befriend Big Business, Undermine Free Markets

Eric Cantor's defeat is a useful reminder that even the political class is ultimately accountable to the people, but only by sharing that message widely do we have any chance of rolling back the rampant political privilege and cronyism which dominates Washington today.

Blasphemous Oppression: Hold Pakistan Accountable For Persecuting Religious Minorities

A society in which life and dignity of the human person is not respected is more likely to become a hothouse for hostile ideas and beliefs. Although Americans cannot control policy in Pakistan, they can help highlight a problem that threatens people in that nation and ultimately others around the world.

Century Old Terrorists Still Creating Wars From Iraq To Ukraine

A century ago one of America’s most disastrous presidents, the haughty, sanctimonious, and egotistical Woodrow Wilson, imagined himself as God’s anointed to bring peace to the earth. The problems created by Wilson are still with us.