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Carpenter: Empire America – Why Washington can’t reduce its military footprint

By Ted Galen Carpenter | As negotiations between the United States and the Taliban continue, it is increasingly clear that even if an agreement emerges, any U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan will be partial, not total. President Donald Trump recently confirmed that point. “Oh yeah, you have to keep a presence,” Trump said in an interview with Fox […]

Carpenter: It’s time to expel Turkey from the Western Alliance

By Ted Galen Carpenter | Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 missiles, despite the vehement objections of the United States and other NATO members, has led to new calls to expel Turkey from the alliance. Such calls have surfaced before, mostly in response to the country’s mounting authoritarianism under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, but this time […]

Carpenter: Forget the U.S.-China trade war – Is a conflict over Taiwan the real threat?

By Ted Galen Carpenter | Tensions between Taiwan and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are surging to an alarming extent. The latest indicator is the recent exchange of heated rhetoric between Gen. Wei Fenghe, China’s Minister of National Defense, and Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, the Taiwanese government’s chief policy-making body dealing with cross-strait relations. […]

Carpenter: Washington’s woeful Maduro miscalculation

By Ted Galen Carpenter | When Washington recognized Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s rightful president, Trump administration officials clearly hoped that incumbent Nicolas Maduro’s grip on power would not last long. There were reasons for such optimism. The socialist regime’s corruption and grotesque economic mismanagement had reached crisis levels. Maduro and his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, had […]

Carpenter: Why Trump’s advisers keep quashing his realist whims

By Ted Galen Carpenter | Over a period of mere days in late December, the Trump administration made two troop withdrawal decisions that startled Washington. The first was announced in a tweet by Trump stating that the United States had accomplished its mission in Syria of defeating ISIS and that he was ordering the immediate […]

Carpenter: Mexican drug violence only getting worse

By Ted Galen Carpenter Mexican and U.S. officials basked in satisfaction when Mexican marines captured Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, leader of the notorious Sinaloa drug cartel, in January 2016. True, Guzman had previously escaped from maximum-security prisons in Mexico on not one, but two, occasions. But this time, authorities were determined there would be […]

Carpenter: Watch out, America: Mexico may be the next failed state

By Ted Galen Carpenter When Enrique Peña Nieto became president of Mexico in December 2012, there was considerable hope that the violence that had roiled that country so badly over the previous six years might subside. Peña Nieto seemed determined to adopt a different approach than his predecessor, Felipe Calderón, to the problems of drug […]

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