Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Dan Drezner”

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

The Iran Hawks’ Extraneous Objections to a Nuclear Deal

Refusing to resolve one issue because it doesn’t magically solve all other problems is a mindless approach to foreign policy.

Posted April 7th, 2015

War with Iran Would Be a Disaster for the Region

Attacking Iran would just drive their nuclear program deeper underground.

Posted March 30th, 2015

Bad Client Behavior and U.S.-Israel Relations

The scars left by this latest episode of Israeli espionage could be significant.

Posted March 24th, 2015

The Stupidity of Sanctions, Venezuela Edition

The U.S. shouldn’t be interfering at all, but it certainly shouldn’t be taking actions that put the local political opposition in greater difficulty.

Posted March 12th, 2015

Republican Foreign Policy Incompetence and the Hard-line Mind

The party’s incompetence on foreign policy comes from flawed hard-line assumptions about how the world works.

Posted March 11th, 2015

Walker and the GOP’s Continuing Foreign Policy Ignorance Problem

We should expect basic competence from our elected leaders.

Posted March 9th, 2015

Why 2016 Hawkish Candidates May Hamper U.S. Diplomacy

The prospect of a more hawkish administration in 2017 will make other governments less interested in making deals with the U.S.

Posted February 19th, 2015