Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Egypt”

Pence’s Misguided Mideast Trip

The vice president is one of the most ardent “pro-Israel” hawks in his party, so sending him to this part of the world right now is akin to pouring salt on a fresh wound

Posted December 12th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and the Folly of Taking Sides

The U.S. shouldn’t have taken any side in this dispute.

Posted September 11th, 2017

Report: UAE Responsible for the Qatar Hacks

If this latest report is accurate, it would fit with what we know about the crisis.

Posted July 17th, 2017

The Confused U.S. Response to the Qatar Crisis

The problem may be that Trump doesn’t understand that he is undermining and contradicting his own officials.

Posted July 14th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and Tillerson’s Failed Shuttle Diplomacy

The administration’s wholehearted embrace of the Saudis in Riyadh will continue to cause the U.S. and the region more problems like this one.

Posted July 14th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and Saudi Incompetence

The Saudi-led bloc made many mistakes common among hard-liners everywhere.

Posted July 12th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis Continues to Drag On

The crisis seems likely to drag on for a long time unless the U.S. can find a way to pressure its reckless clients into acknowledging failure and accepting a compromise.

Posted July 12th, 2017

Trump’s Qatar Blunder

Trump is so eager to claim that his visit was a success that he is trying to take credit for an avoidable and potentially dangerous regional crisis.

Posted June 6th, 2017

The Dangers of Indulging Reckless Clients

The Saudis and their allies think they have a green light from Washington to do as they like without any consequences.

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

Trump’s Embarrassing Enthusiasm for Sisi

Trump has taken a “no daylight” approach to relations with client states to an absurd extreme.

Posted April 3rd, 2017

Trump’s Full Embrace of Authoritarian Client States

The U.S. shouldn’t go in search of monsters to destroy, but neither should it embrace and support monstrous regimes.

Posted April 3rd, 2017

‘Rewarding Friends and Punishing Enemies’ Is a Gangster’s Motto, Not a Foreign Policy Rule

Many U.S. clients don’t deserve to be rewarded, and in some cases indulging them just encourages them to be reckless and implicates us in their excesses and wrongdoing.

Posted February 6th, 2017

U.S. Clients Are Not Our ‘Friends’

It is long past time since the U.S. dealt with these states based on our own interests rather than going out of our way to cater to theirs.

Posted December 29th, 2016

Spare Us the Folly of Another ‘Freedom Agenda’

Non-interference in the affairs of other nations is incompatible with efforts to try to “shape” the internal politics of other countries

Posted December 20th, 2016

No, There Isn’t a ‘New Cold War’ Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

What we see instead is a series of limited, largely reactive moves by authoritarian states against perceived threats to themselves or their clients.

Posted August 29th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Kirchick’s coup fantasies. Noah Millman ridicules an American coup fantasist. As a …

Posted July 22nd, 2016