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Douglas "Doug" Bandow (born c. 1954) is an American political writer, currently working as a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute. In 2005, Bandow was forced to resign from the Cato Institute after it was revealed that for over ten years, he accepted payments in exchange for publishing articles favorable to various clients. Bandow referred to these activities as "a lapse of judgment" and said that he accepted payments for "between 12 and 24 articles", with each article costing approximately $2,000.[1] Bandow was subsequently allowed to return to Cato.

Doug Bandow
Bornc. 1954
Alma materFlorida State University
Stanford Law School
OccupationPolitical writer

Bandow regularly writes on military non-interventionism[2] and is a vociferous critic of NATO enlargement.[3]


Bandow obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1976.[4] He completed a J.D. degree from the Stanford Law School in Palo Alto, California in 1979. He worked in the Reagan administration as special assistant to the president and edited the political magazine Inquiry.[5]


Bandow resigned from Cato in December, 2005 after admitting he accepted payments from lobbyist Jack Abramoff over approximately ten years in return for publishing articles favorable to Abramoff's clients. The articles identified his affiliation with Cato, but he did not tell Cato about the payments. He has referred to these activities as "a lapse of judgment" and said that he accepted payments for "between 12 and 24 articles."[6] Copley News Service, which had carried Bandow's syndicated column for a number of years, suspended him immediately.[7]

In January 2006, Bandow joined the non-profit Citizen Outreach as Vice President of Policy.[8] Bandow later rejoined the Cato Institute as a Senior Fellow, where he continues to publish through its various outlets and appear at various Cato-sponsored events.[5]

Bandow is on the faculty of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty.[4] Bandow also is the Robert A. Taft Fellow at the American Conservative Defense Alliance and the Senior Fellow in International Religious Persecution at the Institute on Religion and Public Policy.[9] Bandow's articles have been published in periodicals like Foreign Policy, Harper's, National Interest, National Review, The New Republic, Orbis,[10] The American Spectator, Time, Newsweek, and Fortune, as well as newspapers like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. He blogs for The Huffington Post, Forbes,[11] and is a former columnist for[9] He has appeared as a commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.[5]

Views on Russia and UkraineEdit

During the Russian military intervention in Ukraine, Bandow described Ukraine as a "fake country" where "there's nothing at stake" for the U.S., and suggested that Russia should be allowed to exert influence there.[12] Since the start of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, Bandow continued to author opinion pieces on why the U.S. should not help Ukraine against Russia.[13] Bandow's current non-interventionist stance regarding Ukraine differs from his own position in 2003, when he questioned the favorable treatment of a hostile Russia at the expense of a friendly Ukraine: "But why not adopt a similar approach to Ukraine, the second-largest piece of the former Soviet Union, which has generally backed America? Especially since there are powerful forces pushing Kiev towards Russia's orbit."[14]

Trump administrationEdit

Bandow characterized President Donald Trump as

Abandoning the Foreign Policy that Brought Him Victory: far the Trump administration is shaping up as a disappointment for those who hoped for a break from the liberal interventionist/neoconservative synthesis. The first problem is staffing. In Washington people are policy. The president can speak and tweet, but he needs others to turn ideas into reality and implement his directives. It doesnt appear that he has any foreign policy realists around him, or anyone with a restrained view of America's international responsibilities.[15]


  • Foreign Follies: America's New Global Empire, Xulon Press, 2006, ISBN 1-5978-1988-3
  • The Korean Conundrum: America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea (co-author with Ted Galen Carpenter), Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, ISBN 1-4039-6545-5
  • Wealth, Poverty, and Human Destiny (co-author with David L. Schindler), Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2002, ISBN 1-8829-2683-8
  • Tripwire: Korea and U.S. Foreign Policy in a Changed World, Cato Institute, 1996, ISBN 1-8825-7729-9
  • Perpetuating Poverty: The World Bank, the IMF, and the Developing World (co-author with Ian Vasquez), Cato Institute, 1994, ISBN 1-8825-7706-X
  • The Politics of Envy: Statism as Theology, Transaction Publishers, 1994, ISBN 1-5600-0171-2
  • The U.S.-South Korean Alliance: Time for a Change (co-author with Ted Galen Carpenter), Transaction Publishers, 1992, ISBN 1-5600-0018-X
  • Human Resources and Defense Manpower, National Defense University Press, 1990[16]
  • The Politics of Plunder: Misgovernment in Washington, Transaction Publishers, 1990, ISBN 0-8873-8309-2
  • Beyond Good Intentions: A Biblical View of Politics, Crossway, 1988, ISBN 0-8910-7498-8


  1. ^ Eamon Javerz, Op-Eds for Sale, BusinessWeek Online, December 15, 2005.
  2. ^ James J. Hentz, Editor, The Obligation of Empire: United States' Grand Strategy for a New Century, University Press of Kentucky, 2004, p. 3; Doug Bandow, Chapter 1, "American Strategy after September 11: On Intervention and Republican Principles."
  3. ^ Why Is NATO Inducting Military Midgets Like Montenegro?, 8 January 2016
  4. ^ a b "Doug Bandow biography". Acton Institute. Archived from the original on May 4, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c Doug Bandow profile at Cato Institute website.
  6. ^ Eamon Javerz, Op-Eds for Sale Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine, BusinessWeek Online, December 15, 2005.
  7. ^ Dave Astor, Copley Axes Bandow's Column in Payola Scandal, Editor & Publisher, December 16, 2005.
  8. ^ Doug Bandow Joins Citizen Outreach as New Vice President of Policy, US Newswire, (at Highbeam Research site), December 28, 2005.
  9. ^ a b Doug Bandow biography at Huffington Post.
  10. ^ Doug Bandow biography Archived September 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, the Future of Freedom Foundation website.
  11. ^ Doug Bandow blog at Forbes.
  12. ^ Accuracy in Media (AIM), Exposing Putin's Propaganda, 7 March 2014
  13. ^ Doug Bandow, Seven Reasons the U.S. Shouldn't Help Ukraine's Fight With Russia, 25 January 2015
  14. ^ Doug Bandow. Embracing Ukraine, National Review: 26 September 2016
  15. ^ Bandow, Doug (March 10, 2017). "Why Is Trump Abandoning the Foreign Policy that Brought Him Victory?". The National Interest. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
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