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 Trump Administration’s Diplomatic Malpractice

The Trump administration seems to think that the only reason to meet with representatives of other governments is to dictate terms to them.

Maximalist Demands Make Successful Diplomacy Impossible

The preference for all-or-nothing posturing from many of our political leaders has made U.S. diplomacy much less effective.

Trump’s Mismanagement of the Alliance with Seoul

The U.S. should respect the preference of a large majority of the people living in the allied country that has the most at stake in a conflict with North Korea.

Tillerson’s Blinkered Understanding of North Korea

There is something about dealing with “rogue” states that causes people in our government to shut off their ability to reason.

Saudi Aggression and the War on Yemen

The Saudis and their allies continue escape censure for their well-documented and severe crimes in Yemen.

The U.S. and Japan Close the Door on North Korean Diplomacy

If North Korea has to make major concessions as a condition for beginning a “meaningful dialogue,” that guarantees that there will be no dialogue of any kind.

Haley’s Misleading Op-Ed and the War on Yemen

Haley ignores the far more numerous and egregious violations of international law by the Saudis and their allies.

Trump the ‘Illiberal Hegemonist’

“Illiberal hegemony” is the worst of both worlds.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s military parade: toy soldiers made large-as-life. Andrew Bacevich criticizes Trump’s desire …

Expanding the Military Budget Is Wasteful and Unnecessary

There is no security threat comparable to the Soviet Union today that would begin to justify spending more than at the height of the Reagan build-up.

The Dreadful Return of Romney

Utah would be be better represented by a local politician, and it would also be better-served by someone who hasn’t made a political career out of being an opportunistic fraud.

Maximalist Demands Won’t Change North Korean Behavior

If the U.S. and its allies hope to get anywhere with negotiating limits on either of these programs, they are going to have to accept that the programs themselves aren’t going to disappear.

Trump’s Bankrupt Ultimatum Diplomacy

If U.S. officials just want to deliver an ultimatum in person to North Korean officials, it is a pointless exercise.

Trump’s Massive Giveaway to the Pentagon

Everyone in Washington was so desperate to have the generals rein in Trump that most of them never thought through what it meant for Trump to be the military’s unthinking yes-man.

The Lies That Enable Perpetual War

Our wars are usually wars of choice fought for reasons unrelated to defending ourselves or the nations we are obliged by treaty to protect.

North Korea Does Not Pose an ‘Existential Threat’ to America

It is deeply irresponsible fear-mongering on the part of the Trump administration to make this claim.

North Korea and the Trump Administration’s Disdain for Diplomacy

If North Korea’s willingness to agree to something it has repeatedly said it will never do is the condition for beginning talks, the U.S. is guaranteeing that there will never be any talks.

Why Does the U.S. Cling to an Impossible Goal on North Korea?

For many policymakers and pundits, it is politically safer and easier to endorse a policy goal that can’t be achieved because it is considered “tough.”

Dennis Ross’s Shameless Paean to the Saudi War Criminal

The crown prince’s rapid rise is a warning to the U.S. that it needs to disentangle itself from the noxious Saudi relationship as soon as possible.

McMaster’s ‘Messianic Fervor’ on North Korea

If McMaster and other officials in the White House take for granted that North Korea is undeterrable and a major war is inevitable, they might actually believe that it is better to start the war sooner.

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