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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.

Demanding Denuclearization Is a Dead End

If there is any chance for talks with North Korea to yield something of value, the U.S. and its allies have to lower their sights and modify their demands accordingly.

Pence’s Missed Opportunity in South Korea

Contradicting a high-profile allied initiative while Pence was on a visit to their country isn’t just bad form. It is diplomatic ineptitude.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Could North Korea be our next forever war? Christopher Preble warns against …

U.N. Official: Yemen’s Humanitarian Crisis Could Be the Worst in 50 Years

If Yemen’s humanitarian crisis becomes the worst in half a century, it will be because the coalition governments and their Western patrons made it so.

Trump’s Illegal War in Syria Is Getting More Dangerous

There is absolutely no legal justification for having our troops in Syria and there never has been.

Diplomatic Engagement with North Korea Is the Best Option

It is easy to dismiss diplomacy with North Korea, but it has only been through engagement that any progress has been made in changing its government’s behavior.

The Chasm Between the U.S. and South Korea

There is not just a gap between Washington and Seoul on how to handle North Korea, but rather a yawning chasm.

Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy Backfires Again

There is always a cost to rejecting engagement.

Pence’s Hard-Line Posturing Weakens the Alliance with Seoul

Pushing for a harder line from Seoul is likely to give North Korea an opening to drive a wedge between the U.S. and our ally.

The Dangers of Our Illegal Military Presence in Syria

The ongoing illegal presence of U.S. forces in Syria is a dangerous gamble with American lives.

Trump’s Parade and Our Endless Wars

It is telling that he has not encountered nearly as much criticism for his illegal warmaking or his escalations of endless wars.

North Korea and the Futility of Sanctions

Sanctions rarely succeed in changing the target regime’s behavior, and in the case of North Korea we can say with some confidence that they are doomed to fail.

Pence’s Misguided Asia Trip

The gap between Washington and Seoul on how to handle the North has been steadily growing over the last year, and Pence’s expected denunciations of North Korea are going to widen that gap.

Trump’s Susceptibility to Threat Inflation

Trump is famously ignorant and perhaps even more gullible, so it doesn’t take much to make him think that a manageable problem is an intolerable menace.

Tillerson and the Monroe Doctrine

Tillerson completely failed to anticipate how his remarks would be interpreted by people in the region he was about to visit.

Revisiting the Elder Bush’s Kiev Speech

Hawkish objections to Bush’s Kiev speech were petty and short-sighted when they were first made, and they still are today.

Senators Warn Trump Against Ordering an Illegal Attack on North Korea

These senators are right to be worried about a possible attack, and it is to their credit that they are speaking out against it early on.

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s nuke plan raising alarms among military brass. Mark Perry reports on …

Iranians Don’t Want Trump’s ‘Support’

Most Iranians hold Trump in contempt because of his hostility towards Iran.

Report: White House Wants More Military Options for North Korea

The truth is that there is no military option against North Korea that comes at an acceptable cost, and a responsible administration would not pretend otherwise.

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