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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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...

Is the Libertarian Party the moderate alternative in today’s America?

The 2016 US presidential campaign, already noteworthy for the flamboyant and controversial ability of Donald Trump to capture the Republican Party nomination, is markedly different for another reason...

NATO’s mounting internal challenges

The Warsaw summit, which took place on July 8 and 9, occurred at a time when the challenges facing the venerable North Atlantic Treaty Organization have never been more serious. Despite the usual expressions of alliance solidarity, there are numerous troubling developments that are likely to plague NATO in the coming months and years...

The many layers of the Syria and Iraq conflicts

From the outset, Western officials and journalists have tended to portray the highly complex conflicts in Iraq and Syria as simplistic morality plays. In the case of Iraq, the oppressed Iraqi people were supposed to overcome ethno-religious differences once the US-led coalition deposed the tyrant Saddam Hussein, and they were to create a collegial democracy...

A sober look at the West’s Kurdish allies

One of the few apparent successes in the wreckage that has characterized the US-led policies in Iraq and Syria has been the role of the Kurds. The emergence of what seemed to be a prosperous, democratic Kurdish region in northern Iraq was its principal bright spot. Moreover, the Kurds have proven to be extremely capable fighters...