Doug Bandow

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Douglas "Doug" Bandow (born c. 1954) is an American political writer. He is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute and the author of a number of books on economics and politics. He writes regularly on military non-interventionism.[1]


Bandow obtained his bachelor's degree in economics from Florida State University in Tallahassee in 1976.[2] He completed a J.D. degree from Stanford in Palo Alto, California in 1979. He worked in the Reagan administration as special assistant to the president and edited the political magazine Inquiry.[3]


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."[4] Copley News Service, which had carried Bandow's syndicated column for a number of years, suspended him immediately.[5]

In January 2006, Bandow joined the non-profit Citizen Outreach as Vice President of Policy.[6] 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.[3]

Bandow is on the faculty of the Acton Institute.[2] 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.[7] Bandow’s articles have been published in periodicals like Foreign Policy, Harper's, National Interest, National Review, The New Republic, Orbis,[8] 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,[9] and is a former columnist for[7] He has appeared as a commentator on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC.[3]



  1. 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."
  2. 2.0 2.1 Doug Bandow biography at Acton Institute website.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Doug Bandow profile at Cato Institute website.
  4. Eamon Javerz, Op-Eds for Sale, BusinessWeek Online, December 15, 2005.
  5. Dave Astor, Copley Axes Bandow's Column in Payola Scandal, Editor & Publisher, December 16, 2005.
  6. Doug Bandow Joins Citizen Outreach as New Vice President of Policy, US Newswire, (at Highbeam Research site), December 28, 2005.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Doug Bandow biography at Huffington Post.
  8. Doug Bandow biography, the Future of Freedom Foundation website.
  9. Doug Bandow blog at Forbes.

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