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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 Taiwan Blunder vs. the Opening to Cuba

The policy he is putting at risk has been successful in advancing U.S. interests and preventing conflict.

Another Pointless Round of NATO Expansion

Adding Montenegro to NATO is unnecessary and serves no real purpose.

The Danger of Giving Friendly Countries False Encouragement

It often seems to be the case that another country’s most vocal and enthusiastic boosters here at home have the worst ideas for what U.S. policy towards that country ought to be.

The Folly of Provoking China

The negative consequences of our overreaching will be borne by the people in the country that hard-liners claim to want to “help.”

The Iran Obsession

It seems that several of the people who will be responsible for making policy in the next administration share the same obsession with Iran.

Trump’s Generals and Our Militarized Foreign Policy

The U.S. already gives short shrift to and spends comparatively little on non-military responses to problems overseas, and putting former generals in top positions makes it likely that this won’t change for the better.

Flynn’s Warped Worldview and Iran

Flynn’s preoccupation with Iran has a severe distorting effect on his thinking and his ability to analyze threats.

Trump and U.S.-China Relations

No U.S. interest is served by needlessly antagonizing another major power.

Trump’s Major Taiwan Blunder

At best, Trump has pointlessly antagonized Beijing.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is Michael Flynn Trump’s Machiavelli? Christopher Fettweis reviews Michael Flynn and Michael …

The Syria Hawk’s Lament

The U.S. took sides in a conflict in which it had little or nothing at stake, but the failure of that policy is not evidence of “retreat.”

The Trouble with Mattis

Mattis’ preoccupation with Iran means that alarmist claims about Iran from other members of the administration aren’t going to be countered by a more realistic view.

Report: Trump Is Choosing Mattis for Secretary of Defense

Mattis is extremely hawkish on Iran, and his selection bodes ill for the future of U.S. policy towards that country.

The Starvation of Yemen Continues

The starvation of Yemen’s civilian population is one of the greatest man-made disasters of this century, and it has been brought about in large part by U.S.-backed clients.

The Case Against Mitt Romney for State

The idea that Romney “showed some prescience” in 2011-12 about Russia (or anything else) is silly revisionism.

Flynn’s Dangerous Goal of Regime Change

A war with Iran might not come right away, but if Flynn convinces Trump that regime change should be the goal of our policy it becomes much more likely in the future.

Trump and Normalization with Cuba

Engagement is the best way to advance U.S. interests there.

The Hunt for Trump’s Secretary of State Continues

Escalation in Syria is the last thing the U.S. needs to be doing, and it becomes more likely if Petraeus is part of the administration.

Nikki Haley and the U.N.

Haley is unlike most of her predecessors in having virtually no experience with or public record on any of the issues she’ll be asked to address as ambassador.

Flynn and the War on Yemen

Flynn exaggerates the threat from Iran and imagines a global Iran-centered “alliance” where none exists, so don’t expect him to give good advice on Yemen.

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