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Doug Bandow
For Doug Bandow's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Nov 29, 2017
War with North Korea is not a viable option
North Korea is the land of second-best solutions, it has been said. But war is far worst than second best.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 18, 2017
U.S. once again learns that intervention isn't cost-free
It's time for Washington to turn defense responsibilities over to Seoul and withdraw its troops from the Korean Peninsula.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 10, 2017
Is a Trump-Putin reconciliation in the air?
If U.S. President Donald Trump claims to be a leader, he should set as a priority normalizing relations between Moscow and Washington.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 29, 2017
Vacationing in North Korea: only for the brave or crazy?
The U.S. would be wrong to ban Americans from visiting North Korea in response to the tragic case of Otto Warmbier.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 15, 2017
The U.S. human rights conundrum
All of the Mideast nations playing important roles in U.S. regional strategies have human rights issues.
COMMENTARY / World
May 6, 2017
'Fintech' can empower Africa's poor
Africa's greatest hope may be in the commercial advance of technology.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 17, 2017
Nervous China ramps up religious persecution
If Beijing continues its repressive course against religious believers, it will make political upheaval and the collapse of communist rule more likely.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 11, 2017
Blame Woodrow Wilson for the U.S.' constant wars
It's time for U.S. presidents to work hard for peace rather than take what has become the far easier path to war.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Apr 4, 2017
How Trump should prepare for Xi
U.S. President Donald Trump needs to become something he's never been when he meets Chinese leader Xi Jinping this week — a knowledgable statesman.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 24, 2017
Mideast's religious refugees deserve U.S. priority
Washington should act on behalf of Mideast Christian refugees, who are facing death and destruction at the hands of determined killers.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 14, 2017
Trump accelerates risk of confrontation with Kim
The Korean Peninsula is heating up and the Trump administration's policy appears to be to stoke the flames.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 13, 2017
China shouldn't treat South Korea as an enemy
Beijing should rethink its self-defeating strategy of trashing Seoul.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 10, 2017
North Korea doesn't belong on state terrorism list
The U.S. and its allies should respond to what Pyongyang is rather than what it isn't.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 7, 2017
The U.S. shouldn't be running scared of Russia
Russia may not be America's best buddy, but Washington's campaign to turn Moscow into an enemy is dangerous.
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 22, 2017
The Trump fantasy: If we say it, they will do it
American officials have been frustrated with China's support for the North, but so far have failed to give Beijing a good reason to risk instability and chaos on its doorstep.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 16, 2017
Another move in the North Korean chess game
It seems Kim Jong Un is tying up loose ends, eliminating a family heir who might have been used to legitimize a successor regime.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Feb 7, 2017
Anti-Christian religious persecution on the rise
The brutal mistreatment of religious minorities is the norm in Muslim-majority countries.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 16, 2017
Time for U.S. to rethink its North Korea policy
Washington's refusal to negotiate with Pyongyang hasn't slowed down North Korea's military activities.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 30, 2016
Trump may hand China economic leadership
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again. But his economic policies are likely to have the opposite effect
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 24, 2016
As liberal Europe withers, whither the EU?
The EU started as a loose collection of states cooperating for common ends but has turned into a consolidated continental state with little concern for what European peoples desire.

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