Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “China”

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

Traps and Avoidable Wars

We should always be wary of arguments that seem to make war practically inevitable.

Posted July 5th, 2017

Trump’s Second Foreign Trip

Even if Trump’s trip goes off without any major screw-ups, the president isn’t going to have much to show for his time in Europe.

Posted July 5th, 2017

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