Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

Waging a Trade War That No One Supports

The only one that seems likely to benefit from this quarreling among allies is China while we hurt each other for no reason.

Posted June 6th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

A new history of Arabia, written in stone. Elias Muhanna describes the …

Posted June 1st, 2018

Thornton and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Withdrawing Thornton’s nomination will continue the administration’s pattern of rejecting knowledgeable people for important positions because they fail to adopt sufficiently hawkish views.

Posted May 30th, 2018

Stop Comparing North Korea to Libya

The administration has to stop thinking of North Korea as another Libya in any way.

Posted May 26th, 2018

Bolton Will Be Trump’s New National Security Advisor

Everything that was reckless and destructive in Trump’s foreign policy is now much likelier to become even worse.

Posted March 22nd, 2018

Trump’s National Security ‘Strategy’ and the Great Powers

Trump’s “strategy” likely increases tensions with both major powers in Eurasia at the same time, and it gives them added incentive for them to work together against the U.S.

Posted December 18th, 2017

Haley’s Empty Threats and Unrealistic Demands

The administration’s response to the latest test shows that they remain wedded to a bankrupt approach that prioritizes isolation and punitive measures.

Posted November 29th, 2017

China and Trump’s Unrealistic North Korea Policy

Trump either badly misunderstood the Chinese position and went public with that misunderstanding, or he misrepresented it to make it seem as if his unctuous behavior towards Xi had paid off.

Posted November 16th, 2017

Trump’s Unsuccessful Asia Trip

Trump’s Asia trip was unsuccessful and marred by some significant mistakes.

Posted November 14th, 2017

Trump’s North Korea Policy Is Divorced from Reality

The administration remains committed to pursuing an impossible goal at the risk of fighting an unnecessary and very costly war.

Posted November 8th, 2017

Trump’s Unforced Error on China and Japan

Trump’s remarks seem designed to alarm Beijing and embarrass Tokyo.

Posted November 4th, 2017

Trump’s Asia Trip

Based on his past behavior, it is more likely than not that the president will get into a public quarrel with at least one allied government during the trip.

Posted November 2nd, 2017

Tillerson Doesn’t Understand Diplomacy

Tillerson’s comment about the relationship with Iran displays a startling ignorance of how often the U.S. has found a way to set aside old animosities with its adversaries.

Posted October 8th, 2017

The Folly of Reneging on the Nuclear Deal

The U.S. would gain nothing from reneging on the deal.

Posted September 26th, 2017

Regime Change Fantasies

Encouraging an attempted coup in North Korea could backfire spectacularly.

Posted September 5th, 2017

The U.S. Should Talk to North Korea, and Trump Should Be Quiet

There is no effective “answer” to North Korean provocations that doesn’t eventually involve diplomatic engagement with them.

Posted August 30th, 2017

Trump’s Failing Hard-line Approach

Trump’s handling of foreign policy in particular shows that he thinks he can just browbeat adversaries and allies alike into submission.

Posted July 31st, 2017