Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Kim Jong-un”

Don’t Mention the (Libyan) War

Repeatedly bringing up the 2011 Libyan war in connection with North Korea diplomacy is either proof of the administration’s ineptitude or an attempt at deliberate sabotage of the negotiations.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

The Trump Administration’s Confusion and the North Korea Summit

It is only now beginning to dawn on the Trump administration that North Korea’s position isn’t what they thought it was.

Posted May 21st, 2018

Trump Doesn’t Have North Korea ‘Cornered’

North Korea’s behavior is not that of a government that feels trapped, but rather one that feels supremely confident that it has the advantage.

Posted May 18th, 2018

Trump’s Reckless Rhetoric on North Korea and Libya

Talking about “total decimation” if they don’t yield to U.S. demands will confirm the North Korean regime’s worst fears about U.S. intentions.

Posted May 17th, 2018

Trump Isn’t Bothering to Prepare for the North Korea Summit

The president’s ignorance and unpreparedness will make him an easy mark for both his hard-line advisers and the North Koreans.

Posted May 16th, 2018

Pompeo’s Contempt for Diplomacy and the Nuclear Deal

It is fitting that one of the first things that will happen during Pompeo’s tenure as chief diplomat is the repudiation of a successful diplomatic agreement solely for reasons of spite and ideology.

Posted April 29th, 2018

A Good Beginning to Rapprochement in Korea

The U.S. should do what it can to encourage rapprochement between Pyongyang and Seoul.

Posted April 27th, 2018

Trump’s North Korea Fantasy

The president’s latest statement shows how oblivious Trump and his advisers remain to the pitfalls of approaching the meeting with unrealistic expectations.

Posted April 22nd, 2018

Trump’s Unrealistic Expectations for the North Korea Summit

Trump is approaching the summit with an unrealistic expectation of what North Korea is willing to concede, and that sets the summit up to fail as soon as it begins.

Posted April 9th, 2018

The Danger of Unrealistic Expectations in Diplomacy with North Korea

Diplomacy with North Korea can’t and won’t succeed if the Trump administration approaches the meeting as if denuclearization is practically a done deal.

Posted March 28th, 2018

Bolton’s Ridiculous Libya ‘Model’ for North Korea

Bolton’s belief that North Korea should give up everything in exchange for nothing proves beyond any doubt that he has no wish to find a diplomatic solution.

Posted March 26th, 2018

A Trump-Kim Summit?

If Trump is accepting the invitation simply to repeat the same unrealistic demand, a high-profile meeting isn’t likely to achieve anything.

Posted March 8th, 2018

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s National Defense Strategy has the Pentagon popping champagne. Andrew Bacevich dissects …

Posted January 26th, 2018

The Insanity of a ‘Limited’ Attack on North Korea

The idea that the U.S. can give North Korea a “bloody nose” without provoking significant retaliation seems to be based on nothing more than wishful thinking.

Posted January 22nd, 2018

Tillerson and Our Hopeless North Korea Policy

Refusing to talk to North Korea doesn’t punish Kim and his regime, but it does deprive us of the best means available to reduce tensions.

Posted December 18th, 2017

McMaster’s Irresponsible North Korea Rhetoric

If the U.S. was in a race to “solve” North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, we already lost years ago.

Posted December 3rd, 2017

McMaster’s Irresponsible and Alarming North Korea Remarks

Insisting on denuclearization as the only acceptable outcome with North Korea puts the U.S. and North Korea on an unnecessary collision course that could very easily lead to war.

Posted October 19th, 2017