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.

Is Scottish Independence Bad for America?

No matter which way Scotland votes this week, U.S. interests won’t be significantly harmed.

Scotland and Illegal Wars

One side in the independence debate is clearly rejecting at least one kind of military intervention.

Is the Idea of Scottish Independence Baffling?

Nothing could be easier to understand than for people to try getting more control over how (and by whom) they are governed.

Israel and Public Opinion

Most Americans don’t want the U.S. backing Israel to the hilt.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What Scottish independence would (and wouldn’t) mean. Angus Roxburgh reflects on what …

The American Conservative: Realism and Reform

Promoting the cause of restraint and peace.

Cruz, Israel, and In Defense of Christians

Cruz’s behavior was unnecessary, needlessly provocative, and an embarrassment to his voters.

Obama’s Foreseeable Escalation

Escalation was almost certain to happen, so why weren’t more people skeptical about the “limited” intervention in Iraq?

The “Broad” Coalition That Doesn’t Exist

The U.S. is fighting a new, open-ended war for the sake of “partners” that are contributing little or nothing to the war.

The Illegal War Against ISIS

The president doesn’t have the authority that he pretends to have.

Threat Inflation and Foreign Policy Debate

The threat from ISIS to the United States has been greatly exaggerated.

The Immorality of Hawkish Moralizing

There are few policies less morally defensible than setting up another nation to suffer an even worse defeat.

Perpetual War for Perpetual War

Policing the world for decades to come is unacceptable and unsustainable.

War Between Israel and Iran Isn’t Inevitable

Unless Israel wants to guarantee that Iran acquires nuclear weapons, it won’t attack Iran.

Why Webb Won’t Run

It would be good for the country if he ran against Clinton, but there are no incentives for him to do this.

Realism and Honor

It would be shameful to encourage another country to fight a war that it can’t win simply so that we can feel better about ourselves.

Kagan’s Ahistorical Alarmism

It takes an ideologue or a con-man (or both) to look at the modern world and conclude that we are reliving the 1930s.

The Ever-Expanding War Against ISIS

Any war with the maximalist goal of “destroying” an enemy will always be longer and more costly than we realize now.

Scottish Independence and “Anti-Politics Sentiment”

The U.K. may soon be dissolved because unionists don’t have the first clue how to argue their case effectively.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A way out for Ukraine and Russia. Anatol Lieven outlines how the …

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