Michael O'hanlon

For Michael O'hanlon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Jul 18, 2012

'Picking' a winner in Afghanistan

American debates over the war in Afghanistan tend to focus on how fast we can get our troops home and whether we can work with President Hamid Karzai’s government to negotiate a peace deal with the Taliban. But at least as important to whether ...

Oct 17, 2005

On the precipice in Iraq

WASHINGTON– How are things going in Iraq? The short answer, unfortunately — based on Brookings’ Iraq Index and my own assessments — is not very well. There is still considerable hope, and much that does go well in Iraq. But on balance, there is ...

Aug 11, 2005

Put everything on the table

WASHINGTON — North Korea’s return to six-party negotiations in Beijing has been accompanied by greater civility and seriousness than many expected. Further, the frequent and direct bilateral contacts that have taken place between the U.S. and North Korean delegations — a softening of the ...

May 18, 2005

Push North Korea toward real reform

WASHINGTON — As Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill returns to Northeast Asia for talks with U.S. allies on North Korea’s nuclear program, the future of negotiations to resolve this terrifying matter has never been bleaker. North Korea appears unwilling to return to the ...

Apr 20, 2005

Put a lid on rising Sino-Japanese tensions

WASHINGTON — Relations between Japan and China, the two great powers of Northeast Asia, have in recent months sunk to their worst levels at least since Tiananmen Square in 1989. This past weekend’s anti-Japanese riots in China were unprecedented in the modern era, but ...

Feb 21, 2005

The right thing is not permanent tax cuts

WASHINGTON — Since his re-election, President George W. Bush has emphasized the need for U.S. fiscal responsibility. He has pledged to halve the enormous federal budget deficit in his second term. He has vowed to put social security on a sound, long-term footing. And ...

Nov 9, 2004

Neocon lessons for Democrats

WASHINGTON — As Democrats comb the 2004 election results for lessons, one should be obvious: we need bolder, newer ideas, particularly in this post-9/11 world in the realm of foreign policy. Just as neocons have provided much of the spark and intellectual energy behind ...

Oct 9, 2004

Afghanistan three years on

WASHINGTON — Three years after the Bush administration led a remarkably quick and bold military operation to overthrow the Taliban regime, how are things going in Afghanistan? The short answer is that there has been considerable progress. But that is largely because things were ...

Sep 8, 2004

No long-term gains against terror yet

WASHINGTON — So which U.S. President George W. Bush was right? The one who said Aug. 30, the day the Republican National Convention started, that the war on terror might not be winnable, or the Bush who showed up the rest of the week ...