Ted Galen Carpenter

ed Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute., The Cato Institutee

ed Galen Carpenter is senior fellow for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Carpenter served as Cato’s director of foreign policy studies from 1986 to 1995 and as vice president for defense and foreign policy studies from 1995 to 2011.

Articles by Ted Galen Carpenter

South Korea's Nuclear Flirtation: a Game Changer for Both China and U.S.?
while the world's attention has been focused on North Korea's recent nuclear test and satellite launch (which was a thinly disguised test for a long-range ballistic missile), important developments regarding the nuclear issue were also taking place in South Korea. If they continue, those trends c ...
Taiwan: the Latest Claimant to Roil the South China Sea
Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou startled observers with a trip to the island ofItu Aba (also known as Taiping) in the South China Sea. It was a move certain to annoy Beijing, yet it came from the leader of a party, the Kuomintang (KMT), that had seemed committed to a more conciliatory approach. ...
Washington Needlessly Escalates South China Sea Crisis
Speculation had simmered for weeks that the United States intended to conduct naval patrols in the South China Sea to challenge Beijing's territorial claims there. Pentagon leaders seemed especially eager to defy China's position that building "reclaimed" or artificial reefs or islands ...
Xi-Obama Summit: Modest Achievements and Missed Opportunities
Expectations were modest for the summit meetings in Washington between China's President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama, and the results matched those restrained expectations. Fortunately, the Obama administration spurned the calls of Republican hawks, including presidential candidate ...
The Xi-Obama Summit: Spurn the China-Bashers
Although there are expectations that the summit meeting between China's President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama will be cordial and produce a constructive dialogue, there are influential elements in the United States who seem unable to restrain their hostility toward China. That sentim ...
Could China’s Economic Troubles Spark a War?
Global attention has focused on the plunge in the Shanghai stock market and mounting evidence that China’s economic growth is slowing dramatically. Moreover, the contagion appears to be spreading, characterized by extreme volatility and alarming declines in America’s own equity markets. Those ...
China: The Mishandled Issue in the U.S. Presidential Election Campaign
U.S. presidential election campaigns are supposed to include sober discussions of the most crucial issues facing the country. Unfortunately, the reality rarely corresponds to that ideal, and the current conduct of candidates seeking their party’s nomination for the 2016 election is no exception ...
A Chinese Pivot to Latin America?
The Obama administration’s “strategic pivot” (or rebalancing of military forces) to East Asia has received considerable attention both in the region and in the United States over the past few years. With good reason, Chinese leaders wonder whether the pivot is the initial stage of a contain ...
Here’s How to Avoid World War Three
Although wars between even small nations are tragic for the populations involved and can cause wider problems in the international system, the prospect of armed conflict between major powers is the true nightmare scenario—especially in an era of nuclear weapons. The two world wars that so horri ...
Washington’s Free-Riding East Asian Allies
East Asia’s security environment is becoming increasingly unpredictable and confrontational. The two principal causes are North Korea’s continuing rogue behavior, accompanied by that country’s de facto status as a nuclear-weapons state, and China’s emergence as a major regional economic a ...
Blast from the Past: When Hawks Wanted to Bomb a ‘Suicidal' China
Even before the P5 +1 negotiations with Iran regarding its nuclear program reach a conclusion, hawks in the United States are beating their war drums. Longtime neoconservative activist Joshua Muravchik published a piece in theWashington Post on March 13 ridiculing the notion that diplomacy might ...
Taiwan’s Resurgent Assertiveness: A New Worry for Washington
The impressive strength of Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in recent local elections has caused a surge of speculation in both East Asia and the United States about whether the Taiwan issue might become the latest source of tension in China-U.S. relations. There is no question that ...
The Next Flash Point between China and America: Taiwan?
Taiwan’s governing Kuomintang Party (KMT) suffered a brutal defeat in just-completed elections for local offices. Indeed, the extent of the KMT’s rout made the losses the Democratic Party experienced in U.S. midterm congressional elections look like a mild rebuke. The setback was so severe th ...
Caught in the Middle: Beijing's Reaction to US-Russian Tensions
Chinese leaders find themselves in a most uncomfortable position as animosity between Washington and Moscow reaches levels not seen since the Cold War. Beijing would desperately like to stay out of the diplomatic fray, but that is a difficult stance to maintain, given the important political, eco ...
Caught in the Middle: Beijing's Reaction to US-Russian Tensions
Chinese leaders find themselves in a most uncomfortable position as animosity between Washington and Moscow reaches levels not seen since the Cold War. Beijing would desperately like to stay out of the diplomatic fray, but that is a difficult stance to maintain, given the important political, eco ...
Caught in the Middle: Beijing's Reaction to US-Russian Tensions
Chinese leaders find themselves in a most uncomfortable position as animosity between Washington and Moscow reaches levels not seen since the Cold War. Beijing would desperately like to stay out of the diplomatic fray, but that is a difficult stance to maintain, given the important political, eco ...
China's Big Course Correction in the South China Sea?
After many months of taking increasingly bold actions at the expense of its neighbors in East Asia, there are recent indications that Beijing may be adopting more conciliatory policies. China has unexpectedly removed a controversial oil-drilling rig that it had deployed in waters near Vietnam. In ...