Ted Galen Carpenter

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Ted Galen Carpenter

Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, is the author of ten books on international affairs. His latest book (co-authored with Malou Innocent) is Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes.

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The U.S.-North Korea summit: Some daunting obstacles

The on-again, off-again summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is on again. However, crucial conditions must be met for the event to become anything other than a brief photo opportunity that later descends into an exchange of vitriol...

China’s surging authoritarian nationalism under Xi Jinping

The announcement that Chinese President Xi Jinping was seeking to eliminate the limit on the number of terms he could serve is that latest in a series of ominous developments during his presidency...

U.S.-South Korea alliance is unhealthy for both countries

During the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, worries proliferated both in the United States and its alliance partners that Donald Trump’s election would signal the resurgence of American “isolationism.” Trump’s statements certainly indicated that some major changes in Washington’s alliance policies would be forthcoming...

Washington’s Kurdish Dilemmas

Iraqi Kurdistan’s recent referendum regarding independence from Iraq has provoked an overwhelmingly negative response in the Middle East and beyond. There is no question that most Kurds support transforming their autonomous region in northern Iraq into an internationally recognized independent state...

Replacing Washington’s failed North Korea policy

Worries about North Korea’s provocative, unpredictable behavior have surged dramatically in the past few months...

Trump Lectures NATO: A Burden-Sharing Quest on Steroids

US President Donald Trump was blunt and demanding in his speech to the NATO summit in Brussels. Indeed, much of the rhetoric was reminiscent of his statements during the 2016 U.S...

America’s options to change tack on North Korea

North Korea’s launch of four ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan on the morning of March 6 is the latest incident in an increasingly volatile situation. Since the missiles flew some 1000 kilometers, they would qualify as intermediate range, confirming Pyongyang’s growing sophistication with that technology...

Washington’s rejection of TPP gives China only a limited geopolitical opportunity

One of Donald Trump’s first actions as president was to rescind US participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the latest multilateral trade agreement linking the American economy to those of key trading partners in the Pacific Basin. Trump’s decision was hardly surprising...

Donald Trump’s security Pivot to East Asia: US primacy with a twist

There has been an enormous amount of speculation in the media, both in the United States and abroad, about the probable direction of President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign policy...

Why Washington should seek a security divorce from Manila

Until very recently, the Philippines appeared to be among the closest US allies in East Asia. Both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama had gone out of their way in public statements to emphasize the importance of the bilateral defense alliance, and in what was a thinly veiled warning to China, stress Washington’s solidarity with Manila...