Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

Americans Aren’t “Hard-Wired” for American Exceptionalism

We should be wary of anyone that attempts to explain the behavior of states with claims about what entire nations are “hard-wired” to do.

Posted October 20th, 2014

The Absurd Idea of an Alliance with Vietnam

Allying with Vietnam would be short-sighted and irresponsible.

Posted October 14th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Iraqi army that never was. Kelley Vlahos details how the U.S.-trained …

Posted October 10th, 2014

Don’t Call It a Revolution

Bestowing the “revolution” label is how Western observers express their approval, no matter how inaccurate or counterproductive such labeling may be.

Posted October 8th, 2014

Why We Shouldn’t Call Hong Kong Protests a Revolution

It makes the mistake of feeding the paranoia and alarmism of the regime that the protesters are facing.

Posted October 6th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What’s wrong with Hong Kong. Nicholas Bequelin reviews some of the city’s …

Posted October 3rd, 2014

Why “Speaking Out” About Foreign Protests Is So Often a Mistake

At its worst, it is an exercise in using a foreign political movement to make a point about how important interventionists think the U.S. is to the rest of the world.

Posted October 1st, 2014

Why the U.S. Should Stay Quiet About Hong Kong

There are few governments less likely to respond well to U.S. statements about its internal affairs than the Chinese government.

Posted October 1st, 2014

Another Foreign Protest, Another Pointless Demand That the U.S. “Speak Out”

At best, “speaking out” about Hong Kong protests would be a vain gesture, and at worst it could do real harm to the protesters and their cause.

Posted September 30th, 2014

Perpetual War for Perpetual War

Policing the world for decades to come is unacceptable and unsustainable.

Posted September 10th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Shakespeare’s elusive politics. Noah Millman rejects the idea that Shakespeare was simply …

Posted August 8th, 2014

Missing the Point on U.S.-Indian Relations

Tunku Varadarajan suggests that the poor state of U.S.-Indian relations isn’t all …

Posted August 4th, 2014

The Dangers of Obsessing Over “Credibility”

There was a recent exchange on Twitter about the importance of “credibility” …

Posted July 8th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Driving Russia and China together. Dimitri Simes criticizes administration errors that are …

Posted June 27th, 2014

The Awful “Credibility” Argument That Never Dies

Pascal-Emmnauel Gobry says that America’s biggest foreign policy problem is that the …

Posted June 25th, 2014

Military Action and the Illusion of Control

Micah Zenko faults the tendency in our foreign policy debates to ascribe …

Posted June 16th, 2014

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Forgetting Tiananmen Square. Benjamin Read reviews Louisa Lim’s The People’s Republic of …

Posted June 6th, 2014