Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “North Korea”

The Cancelled Summit and the Trump Administration’s Foreign Policy Dysfunction

If Trump and his officials were this clumsy and destructive in the run-up to the summit, we can only guess how much worse things could have been during the negotiations.

Posted May 25th, 2018

Trump Cancels the North Korea Summit

Having thoroughly poisoned the atmosphere in the weeks leading up to the meeting, Bolton managed to sabotage diplomacy with North Korea with a minimum of effort.

Posted May 24th, 2018

The Consequences of Reckless Rhetoric

If the administration wanted to poison the atmosphere leading up to the summit, they could not have done a better job over the last week and a half.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

North Korea and the ‘Worst Position’ Trump Could Take

The Trump administration is taking what Feffer correctly describes as the worst position it could possibly take.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Setting the North Korea Summit Up to Fail

Trump will abandon negotiations at the first opportunity when it becomes clear that North Korea won’t give away everything in exchange for little or nothing.

Posted May 23rd, 2018

Trump’s Unreasonable Maximalism

It is peculiar how self-described nationalists here in the U.S. are consistently the last to understand that other nations value their independence and sovereignty and resent being dictated to by our government.

Posted May 22nd, 2018

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

The U.S. Must Lower Expectations for the Summit

If the Trump administration keeps chasing after North Korea’s denuclearization instead, they will be frittering away an opportunity for a real diplomatic success.

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

North Korea Rejects a ‘Libya-Style’ Deal

North Korea has no interest in denuclearization on terms that would be satisfactory to the Trump administration.

Posted May 15th, 2018

Trump’s ‘Bellicosity’ and North Korea

Hawks are predisposed to believe that bellicose rhetoric and pressure tactics yield results, but as usual there is no evidence to back up that belief.

Posted May 11th, 2018

The Pitfalls of Maximalism in North Korea Diplomacy

If the administration persists in demanding something that North Korea won’t concede, they are setting themselves up for failure.

Posted May 4th, 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