Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

Realism Doesn’t Need to Be ‘Reclaimed’

“Reclaiming” realism means dubbing hard-line policies as realist and throwing most actual realist arguments out the window.

Posted May 23rd, 2017

South Korea and Trump’s Clumsy Alliance Management

Unless the administration coordinates and consults with Seoul much more than it has, the alliance will deteriorate steadily over the next few years.

Posted May 9th, 2017

Trump’s Woeful Lack of Preparedness on Foreign Policy

An anecdote about Trump’s meeting with Xi Jinping shows how susceptible he is to being manipulated by other leaders.

Posted April 12th, 2017

Attacking Syria Sent a ‘Message’ to the World, But Not the One Trump Wanted

Launching an illegal attack on another government doesn’t communicate seriousness or strength.

Posted April 9th, 2017

The Folly of Using Force to ‘Send a Message’

What hawks think signals “resolve” to Russia or China is often read by their leaders as recklessness, incompetence, or proof that Washington can’t be trusted.

Posted April 8th, 2017

Trump’s Nuclear Babble

Trump’s proposal to increase America’s nuclear arsenal would be enormously expensive, a violation of existing treaties, and the start of an unnecessary arms race.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

Whose West?

Except as a category for organizing different areas and periods of history, “civilization” is not a terribly useful unit of analysis.

Posted February 21st, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

The administration is reliably belligerent, but otherwise it is unreliable.

Posted February 20th, 2017

Pushing Russia to Break with Iran Is Unlikely to Succeed

The U.S. should pursue improved relations with Russia, but it seems unlikely that there will be much improvement if the U.S. is simultaneously becoming more combative with Iran and China.

Posted February 6th, 2017

The Return of ‘Omni-Directional Belligerence’

Trump has not only picked a fight with China on more than one issue and made a point of antagonizing Iran, but has also snubbed neighbors and allies.

Posted February 2nd, 2017

‘Observe Good Faith and Justice Towards All Nations’

Trump is starting off his presidency to a remarkable degree by pursuing the exact opposite of what Washington recommended.

Posted February 1st, 2017

The Bogus ‘Credibility’ Argument and Hawkish Whining

“Credibility” arguments are very often nothing more than hawkish whining that they didn’t win the policy argument here at home.

Posted February 1st, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

U.S.-Iranian relations could spiral out of control. Daniel DePetris considers how an …

Posted January 27th, 2017

Trump vs. Foreign Policy Restraint (II)

The gap between what advocates of restraint want to see in U.S. foreign policy and what Trump is doing is very wide and seems likely to keep getting wider.

Posted January 27th, 2017

Risking War with China Is Pure Folly

The U.S. would pay a substantial price from armed conflict with another major power.

Posted January 24th, 2017

The U.S. Shouldn’t Go Looking for a Fight with China

If Trump follows through on this bluster, the U.S. would be risking a war with a major power.

Posted January 23rd, 2017

Needlessly Provoking a Major Power Isn’t Good for the U.S.

Poking China in the eye continues to be remarkably ill-advised.

Posted January 16th, 2017