Daniel Larison

Posts in category “politics”

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s comment on Venezuela makes a bad situation worse. Michael Shifter calls …

Posted August 18th, 2017

The Pitfalls of Trump’s Predictable Bellicosity

Trump has been reliably bad at alliance management and consistently prone to issuing threats that scare our allies more than they worry our adversaries.

Posted August 17th, 2017

The Consequences of Meddling

Few things could be worse for the prospects of effective political protest and change than providing a regime’s leaders with the specter of U.S. intervention.

Posted August 17th, 2017

Venezuela and the Virtue of Not Taking Sides

One could hardly ask for a clearer example of how taking sides in another country’s internal political upheaval can damage the cause it is supposed to help.

Posted August 16th, 2017

Trump’s Bluster Backfires Once Again

The reaction to Trump’s Venezuela rhetoric across the region has been swift and overwhelmingly negative.

Posted August 15th, 2017

The Horrifying War on Yemen Continues

One of the worst humanitarian crises of the current century is unfolding in Yemen, and it is entirely man-made and caused in large part by U.S.-backed governments with Washington’s blessing.

Posted August 15th, 2017

North Korea and McMaster’s Deterrence Dishonesty

Trump’s National Security Advisor either doesn’t understand how deterrence works or is flatly lying to the public about the nature of the threat.

Posted August 14th, 2017

Yemen’s Cholera Epidemic Continues to Spread

Like Yemen’s other overlapping humanitarian disasters, the cholera epidemic is man-made and was entirely preventable.

Posted August 14th, 2017

Trump’s Reckless Venezuela Bluster

An armed U.S. intervention in Venezuela would be the worst possible response to the country’s serious crisis.

Posted August 14th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

No time for Kurdish independence. Adile Shamoo details the obstacles to an …

Posted August 11th, 2017

Trump Continues His Dangerous North Korea Rhetoric

Each new episode of posturing makes a negotiated solution less likely.

Posted August 11th, 2017

North Korea and the Nuclear Deal

North Korea is a cautionary tale about what happens when hard-liners in Washington prefer to scrap an imperfect but working nonproliferation agreement in favor of pursuing the fantasy of forcing the other side’s total capitulation.

Posted August 10th, 2017

North Korea and the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Dysfunction

This is part of a worrisome pattern with how U.S. foreign policy is run now.

Posted August 10th, 2017

The U.S. Is Deeply Complicit in the Wrecking of Yemen

The wrecking and starvation of Yemen are the result of more than two years of deliberate coalition policy with the full backing of our government.

Posted August 9th, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous ‘Fire and Fury’ Rhetoric

Incendiary rhetoric is the last thing that the U.S. needs in its dealings with North Korea.

Posted August 8th, 2017

The Enormous Folly of Arming Ukraine

The effect would be to cause more instability and violence mostly at Ukraine’s expense.

Posted August 8th, 2017

Georgia Shouldn’t (and Won’t) Be a NATO Member

Reviving talk of Georgia’s future NATO membership today is irresponsible and dangerous.

Posted August 8th, 2017