Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Dan Drezner”

The Wrecking of the State Department Hasn’t Stopped

Career department officials can be forgiven for assuming that the purpose of gutting the department has been to make it so useless that it can be ignored.

Posted October 17th, 2017

How Waiving the Jones Act Helps Puerto Rico

Ideally, the law should be repealed or significantly altered so that this unfair arrangement is no longer a burden on the island’s economy.

Posted September 27th, 2017

Should Tillerson Resign?

Is Trump likely to choose someone more capable than Tillerson?

Posted August 31st, 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

Tillerson and the Wrecking of the State Department

Tillerson is there to hollow out the State Department and make it as dysfunctional as he can.

Posted July 20th, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy and U.S. ‘Leadership’

When a foreign policy pundit declares that U.S. “leadership” has been brought to an end by this or that action, he is often just saying that he thinks the current president is conducting foreign policy the wrong way.

Posted June 5th, 2017

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Posted April 18th, 2017

Would the Public Rally Behind Trump in a Crisis?

The idea that a president can revive his flagging political fortunes through foreign adventurism or ginning up an international crisis may seem plausible at first, but that isn’t what usually happens.

Posted April 5th, 2017

Anti-Trump Republicans and Trump’s ‘Blacklist’

Professionals that want to serve in government should refrain from signing their names to denunciations of candidates unless they are prepared to be shut out from government positions as a result.

Posted January 17th, 2017

Our Warped Understanding of ‘Strength’ in Foreign Policy

This is what comes from defining “strength” and “leadership” in terms of decisiveness and action without regard for the consequences of the decisions and actions taken.

Posted September 12th, 2016

Using Trump to Troll Realists

Most realists have no further need to distance themselves publicly from Trump because they already did so months ago.

Posted August 16th, 2016

Will the Neoconservatives Abandon the GOP?

The GOP still isn’t going to be a “party of ideas” until it starts adapting its policy agenda to address contemporary problems.

Posted April 19th, 2016

Trump and Obama Aren’t Realists

Trump and Obama may end up taking a few positions that realists share, but they are doing so for their own reasons and usually with very different assumptions about how the world works.

Posted April 13th, 2016

Trump’s Missing Foreign Policy Advisers

This may not be a major problem at the moment, it will become one if it continues to fester.

Posted March 9th, 2016

How the GOP Failed to Stop Trump

Anti-Trump Republicans have had excessive confidence in Trump’s non-viability even when the evidence kept telling them they should rethink their assumptions.

Posted February 23rd, 2016

Realists and the Trump Trap

Maybe realists think backing Trump is the sort of short-sighted and ill-considered course of action that they are warning other people against all the time.

Posted February 3rd, 2016

Should Realists Support Trump?

There are many reasons why realists wouldn’t want to get behind Trump.

Posted February 1st, 2016