Ted Galen Carpenter

For Ted Galen Carpenter's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Feb 19, 2013

Living with a nuclear N. Korea

Just as it is unwise to corner a dangerous animal, it is unwise to alienate a burgeoning nuclear power. We need to try a different approach with North Korea — one that recognizes reality, however unpleasant that reality might be.

Feb 18, 2002

Beijing's newfound reticence says much

WASHINGTON — As U.S. President George W. Bush travels to East Asia to hold summit meetings with the leaders of Japan, South Korea and China, he does so against a backdrop of dramatically improved U.S.-Chinese relations. Tensions between the two countries have eased considerably ...

Jun 9, 2001

Is Japan tilting toward China?

WASHINGTON — Key officials in the Bush administration, especially Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, have long been on record as urging Japan to play a more substantial role in East Asia’s security affairs. Some of them even want Japanese leaders to repeal, or ...

Dec 24, 2000

Arms policy playing into China's hands

WASHINGTON — As tensions continue to simmer between the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan, the Bush administration will come under increasing pressure to provide Taiwan with a firm security guarantee. That could be dangerous and put the United States directly at risk. Instead, ...

May 15, 2000

China: an emerging partner or threat?

Is China a rising colossus that intends to bully its neighbors and dominate Asia? Should Washington adopt a more hardline policy toward China on trade, human rights and national security issues? Or is China a country that has already moved far along the road ...

Feb 7, 2000

U.S. Taiwan policy adding fuel to the fire

As Taiwan approaches the first presidential election that the ruling Nationalist Party (KMT) might lose, tensions between Beijing and Taipei are likely to rise. U.S. policy has, unfortunately, made the situation more flammable. Indeed, reports are circulating that Richard Bush, head of the American ...