Author Archives: Daniel Larison

About Daniel Larison

Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and is a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Dallas. Follow him on Twitter.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

When Congress should assert itself and when it shouldn’t. Paul Pillar compares …

The Hunt for Warren’s Missing Foreign Policy

The fixation on Warren as the hoped-for progressive challenger to Clinton underscores how few prominent elected doves there are in the Democratic Party today.

Updating the Weinberger Doctrine

Neither party has much incentive to tone down its attacks on the other over foreign policy and national security.

The Pluses and Minuses of Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy

Paul’s speech was an improvement over previous efforts, but he left too many questions unanswered.

Paul’s Foreign Policy Speech

The main difficulty for Paul tonight will be to square his larger argument for foreign policy restraint with his support for the current war against ISIS.

Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

A large majority of Americans doesn’t think the war has a clear goal.

The Virtues of Early Voting

The complaint that early voters won’t be as well-informed as later voters is not persuasive.

UKIP and Euroskepticism

There is less British support for withdrawing from the EU now than there was a few years ago for reasons that have nothing to do with UKIP.

The Romney “Big Tent” on Foreign Policy That Never Existed

Romney’s failing wasn’t that he was too vague on foreign policy, but that he demonstrated how little he knew by making detailed criticisms that made no sense.

Foreign Policy Hawkishness Is a Dead End for the GOP

Future Republican candidates would be foolish to listen to Romney foreign policy advisers.

The Sikorski Flap

In light of this latest embarrassment, Poland is definitely better off being represented abroad by someone else.

Washington’s Foreign Policy Illusions

The impulse to meddle in the affairs of other nations “for their own good” is not limited to just one party or foreign policy tradition.

The EU Referendum in the U.K. and the Pundit’s Fallacy

Endorsing a British exit from the EU won’t give the Tories a landslide.

The Midterms and Republican Reform

If the GOP falls short of taking control of the Senate next month, the result will be explained away as a fluke.

The Enthusiasm Gap and Senate Control

The 2014 election is shaping up to be an election mostly about nothing.

Obama Isn’t a Synthesis of McGovern and Kissinger

Hawks need Obama to be some hybrid holdover from the 1970s, because they are still arguing with their old opponents from forty years ago.

The Endless Folly of the Cuba Embargo

Resuming full economic and diplomatic relations with one of our closest neighbors is not a reward to the country’s government.

Americans Aren’t “Hard-Wired” for American Exceptionalism

We should be wary of anyone that attempts to explain the behavior of states with claims about what entire nations are “hard-wired” to do.

Gelb’s “Only Way” to Defeat ISIS Is a Terrible Idea

Allying with Assad and Iran against the Islamic State would be both abhorrent and unworkable.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The secret casualties of Iraq’s chemical weapons. C.J. Chivers reports on the …

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