Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

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

Another Pointless Provocation of China

Whatever Tillerson’s reason for making these comments might be, it risks worsening relations with China without gaining the U.S. anything.

Posted January 12th, 2017

Attacking North Korea Would Be a Disaster

It would be the perfect example of a short-sighted, counterproductive, and irresponsible use of force.

Posted January 9th, 2017

A Team of Hard-liners

This is the profile of an administration that is looking to pick a lot of fights.

Posted December 28th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s challenge to “one China” is playing with fire. Ted Galen Carpenter …

Posted December 23rd, 2016

Hawkish Blind Spots and the Danger of Provoking China

Hawks typically have three very large blind spots when it comes to understanding how other governments will behave in response to provocations.

Posted December 22nd, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Despite famine crisis, wheat imports into Yemen are halted. Reuters reports on …

Posted December 16th, 2016

‘Getting Tough’ with Other States Usually Backfires

“Getting tough” with China on an issue they consider to be vitally important is a losing proposition.

Posted December 12th, 2016