Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Dan Drezner”

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

The Nuclear Deal and the Ten Sailors

The episode was resolved as quickly and peacefully as it was because of the direct channels of communication created by the diplomatic exchanges over the nuclear issue.

Posted January 13th, 2016

Rubio and Bush’s Foreign Policy Debate Errors

Bush and Rubio made several errors on foreign policy last night.

Posted December 16th, 2015

Cruz’s “Anything But Obama” Approach to Regime Change

The only consistency in Cruz’s approach to these issues is that he is always against whatever Obama did.

Posted December 15th, 2015

Rubio and the Coalition Against ISIS

Rubio would find that our allies and clients are even less willing to risk taking casualties in a ground war, and his “multinational coalition” would also be one in name only.

Posted December 7th, 2015

Syria and the 2016 Race

The leading candidates don’t appear to be willing to commit the U.S. to a new ground war.

Posted December 1st, 2015

Why We Should Take Foreign Policy Pledges Seriously

We shouldn’t assume that candidates are merely indulging in empty rhetoric.

Posted October 15th, 2015

An Even Better Question for Syria Hawks

The most important question that hawks can’t answer: “How are American interests protected and advanced by taking sides in Syria’s civil war?”

Posted October 12th, 2015

Tom Cotton and the Hawkish Syria Panic

Russia’s deeper involvement in Syria’s civil war isn’t a “near catastrophe” for U.S. foreign policy.

Posted October 1st, 2015

The 2016 Republicans’ Foreign Policy Experience, Or Lack Thereof

The current Republican field is filled with candidates that don’t have much foreign policy experience at all.

Posted September 23rd, 2015

Is Rubio’s Foreign Policy “Savvy”?

When Rubio sees a foreign conflict, he looks for ways to escalate it and to increase U.S. involvement in it.

Posted September 21st, 2015

Entangling and Enabling Alliances

Allies and clients sometimes drag the U.S. into conflicts that our government wouldn’t otherwise join.

Posted August 4th, 2015

Bush’s Underwhelming European Tour

Bush’s Berlin speech fell flat.

Posted June 10th, 2015

Why Isn’t There More Alarmism About China?

There is a consensus that the U.S. should be seeking to engage China rather than seeking to limit its power.

Posted June 3rd, 2015

Why the GOP Won’t Benefit from a Foreign Policy Election

Hawkish candidates wrongly assume that most Americans are craving a more activist and meddlesome foreign policy.

Posted May 5th, 2015

Why We Should Believe Candidates’ Foreign Policy Pledges

If Republican presidential candidates say they intend to scrap a nuclear deal as soon as they have the chance, we should not doubt that they mean to do this.

Posted April 16th, 2015