U.S. allies

North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Beat a Nuclear Umbrella

Extended nuclear deterrence always has been a risky proposition for the U.S. It means being willing to fight a nuclear war on behalf of others, that is, Americans would risk Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles to, say, defend Berlin and Tokyo.

Impending Budget Crisis Dooms American Imperium

America’s fiscal position is deteriorating sharply. Earlier this year the Congressional Budget Office forecast that the federal deficit was back on the rise in 2016, with steady increases expected over the next decade. There isn’t going to be much money for the national government to spend on “discretionary” items, including underwriting wealthy allies, rebuilding failed states, and enforcing international norms.

U.S. Should Choose Allies Which Benefit America

Instead of relentlessly collecting more international dependents, Washington policymakers should drop Allies In Name Only (AINOs). More important, America faces no hegemonic threat or peer competitor and is allied with every major industrialized state other than China and Russia.