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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 U.S. Should Reject Preventive War

The U.S. should repudiate preventive warfare because it is both illegal and inherently unjust.

The Consequences of Trump’s Irresponsible North Korea Rhetoric

If making public threats against North Korea was intended to intimidate Kim, it has failed and could backfire dangerously.

Trump’s ‘Principled Realism’ Is Neither Principled Nor Realist (II)

An administration “guided by outcomes, not ideology” would have no problem with a deal that successfully restricted Iran’s nuclear program.

The U.S. Needs to Stop Fighting in Syria

The U.S. should never have expanded the war on ISIS into Syria, and American forces have no business operating in Syria.

Sanders Speaks on Foreign Policy

Sanders spoke directly against U.S. support for the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Why Trump’s North Korea Threat Matters

The Trump administration is simultaneously exaggerating the threat posed by North Korea while minimizing the very high costs that a war with them would involve.

Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic Has Reached 700,000 Cases

The epidemic could not be happening at a worse time or among a more vulnerable population.

The U.S. Should Halt Arms Sales to the Saudi-Led Coalition

Washington is more than capable of stopping arms sales to Gulf states when it wants to.

Trump’s Nuclear Deal Folly

The administration is desperate to find an excuse to get rid of the deal, but they aren’t finding one that anyone else takes seriously.

Tillerson’s Bogus Criticism of the Nuclear Deal

Americans should understand that they are being lied to by the administration about what the deal is supposed to do.

Two Tedious Attacks on Realists

Attacks on academic realists are written to shore up the boundaries of what passes for acceptable “mainstream” foreign policy thought in Washington.

The Stupidity of Netanyahu’s ‘Fix It or Nix It’ Complaint

There is no “fix” available that Iran would accept, and so insisting on “fixing” the deal is much the same as calling for abandoning it.

Why Iran Hawks (and Trump) Hate the JCPOA

Iran hawks have always judged the JCPOA against an absurdly high standard that no deal could ever meet.

The Glaring Omissions in Trump’s U.N. Speech

Trump said nothing about the Saudi-led war on Yemen or its role in causing the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Trump’s Irresponsible North Korea Rhetoric

Trump’s rhetoric suggests that he could be contemplating launching an illegal preventive war.

Trump’s Belligerent U.N. Speech

It was alarming to hear Trump speak in such stark, fanatical terms about international affairs.

A ‘Dark Time’ in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has long been a repressive and authoritarian state, but the latest crackdown suggests that it is becoming even worse under the leadership of the reckless crown prince.

The Failed War on Yemen Must End

The war on Yemen has utterly failed on its own terms.

Yemen’s Appalling Cholera Epidemic Keeps Getting Worse

If the number of new cases keeps growing like this, there could easily be over a million by the start of 2018.

The Dangers of the Kurdish Referendum

All of this is just the start of the overwhelmingly hostile response from Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbors.

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