Ted Galen Carpenter is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Previously he served as vice president for defense and foreign policy studies (1995-2011) and as Director of Foreign Policy Studies (1987-1995) at Cato. Dr. Carpenter is the author of 10 books and the editor of 10 books on international affairs. His books include Perilous Partners: The Benefits and Pitfalls of America’s Alliances with Authoritarian Regimes, coauthor with Malou Innocent (2015),The Fire Next Door: Mexico’s Drug Violence and the Danger to America (2012), Smart Power: Toward a Prudent Foreign Policy for America (2008), America’s Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan (2006), The Korean Conundrum: America’s Troubled Relations with North and South Korea, coauthored with Doug Bandow (2004), Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington’s Futile War on Drugs in Latin America ( 2003),Peace & Freedom: Foreign Policy for a Constitutional Republic (2002), The Captive Press: Foreign Policy Crises and the First Amendment (1995), Beyond NATO: Staying Out of Europe’s Wars (1994), and A Search for Enemies: America’s Alliances after the Cold War (1992). He was a member of the task force that produced the study, Exiting Iraq: Why The U.S. Must End the Military Occupation and Renew the War Against Al Qaeda(2004). Dr. Carpenter's newest book, The Fire Next Door: Mexico's Drug Violence and the Danger to America, is forthcoming in September 2012
Dr. Carpenter is also the author of more than 600 articles and policy studies. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, National Interest, Mediterranean Quarterly, World Policy Journal, and many other publications. He is a frequent guest expert on radio and television programs in the United States and other countries. Dr. Carpenter received his Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic history from the University of Texas. He is a contributing editor to the National Interest and serves on the editorial boards of Mediterranean Quarterly and the Journal of Strategic Studies.