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.

Tillerson and the State Department ‘Ghost Ship’

The failure to fill these positions at State is going to make the administration’s foreign policy even clumsier and more uninformed than it has to be.

The Alarming Indifference to Trump’s Illegal Attack

Trump’s attack was notable for clearly having no justification in domestic or international law.

There Is No ‘Trump Doctrine’

Trump’s foreign policy is almost entirely a series of reactions (and overreactions) to whichever events happen to catch the president’s attention.

Grading the Trump Administration

Compared to any other modern administration, this one has to be considered the least competent and worst-run at this point in a presidential term.

A Pattern of Trump Foreign Policy Malpractice

This is what we can expect when the administration as a whole seems to regard diplomacy with disdain or indifference.

Chris Murphy and the Democrats’ Foreign Policy Predicament

Murphy hasn’t been silent on foreign policy, and in some cases has been the loudest opponent of U.S. policy.

Victory for The Discredited Status Quo in France

Macron’s agenda is mostly the continuation of the same policies that have generated enormous contempt for France’s political class

Haley’s Irresponsible Threat Against North Korea

North Korean missile tests may be undesirable, but they don’t come close to justifying military action against North Korea.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Yemen: the graveyard of U.S. policy myths. Kevin Schwartz explains how “the …

Graham’s Deranged Idea for Attacking North Korea

Graham’s only desire is to get the U.S. into more unnecessary wars regardless of the consequences.

Syria and the So-Called ‘Jacksonians’

The “Jacksonian” label is not very useful.

Wrecking and Starving Yemen with Washington’s Blessing

Both Trump and Obama have earned lasting scorn for their willingness to facilitate the wrecking and starvation of Yemen.

Substituting Fantasy for Policy on North Korea

The administration’s position is not a policy so much as it is just a fantasy of total capitulation by the other side.

Trump’s Easily Avoidable Carrier Blunder

On substance the administration is misguided, and in both the messaging and execution of its policy towards North Korea they have proven to be inept

May’s Election Gamble

If there’s one thing May ought to have learned from her predecessor, it is that voters have an odd habit of not cooperating with a politician’s plans

The Perils of Reflexive Interventionism

It accustoms our leaders to treat the use of force often as a first option rather than as a last resort.

The Disgusting U.S. Support for the War on Yemen

Helping the coalition launch an attack on a major port would represent a cruel escalation of U.S. backing for an indefensible war.

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Venezuela and Our Stupid Obsession with U.S. ‘Leadership’

The U.S. should be willing to help its neighbors in our hemisphere when we can be reasonably sure that our help is wanted and constructive, but most of the time it is neither of those things.

North Korea and Our Dangerous Cult of ‘Resolve’

Talk of attacking North Korea is insane, and no amount of bluster from this administration about its supposed resolve makes it any less so.

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