East Asia is likely to grow in economic importance to the United States in coming years, but that makes it even more essential for Washington to simultaneously reduce the military burden on the American economy and force its trading partners to bear the full cost of their own defense. Otherwise U.S. firms will have difficulty taking advantage of expanding economic opportunities in the region.

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A Naval Race with China Is Unnecessary and Will Likely Backfire

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If Anyone Gets the Nobel, It’s Moon and Kim

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By Doug Bandow. National Interest (Online). June 13, 2018.

Cato Studies

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The Korea Syndrome: An Examination of War-Weariness Theory

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Cato Reviews & Journals

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The Little-Known Story of Milton Friedman in China

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Terror, Propaganda and the Birth of the “New Man”: Experiences from Cuba, North Korea, and the Soviet Union

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