Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Russia”

Ukraine and the Cult of ‘Resolve’

Rasmussen treats a difficult political and military problem as if it were simply a matter of having enough “resolve.”

Posted March 23rd, 2017

Trump’s Nuclear Babble

Trump’s proposal to increase America’s nuclear arsenal would be enormously expensive, a violation of existing treaties, and the start of an unnecessary arms race.

Posted February 23rd, 2017

Whose West?

Except as a category for organizing different areas and periods of history, “civilization” is not a terribly useful unit of analysis.

Posted February 21st, 2017

Trump’s Foreign Policy Incoherence

The administration is reliably belligerent, but otherwise it is unreliable.

Posted February 20th, 2017

Trump, New START, and U.S.-Russian Relations

If Trump is now echoing the shoddy arguments against New START, that’s bad news for improving relations with Russia.

Posted February 9th, 2017

Pushing Russia to Break with Iran Is Unlikely to Succeed

The U.S. should pursue improved relations with Russia, but it seems unlikely that there will be much improvement if the U.S. is simultaneously becoming more combative with Iran and China.

Posted February 6th, 2017

Tillerson’s Underwhelming Performance

If Tillerson thinks the U.S. should have armed Ukraine in 2014, that doesn’t reflect well on his judgment.

Posted January 11th, 2017

Thoughts on Tillerson’s Opening Statement

Tillerson’s prepared remarks include several worrisome statements.

Posted January 11th, 2017

The Folly of Arming Ukraine Revisited

No U.S. interests are served by taking sides in this conflict, and the U.S. has no obligation to take sides.

Posted December 21st, 2016

Questions for Tillerson

It is a worrisome sign that so many of the people responsible for one of the worst foreign policy records in modern U.S. history are satisfied with his selection.

Posted December 21st, 2016

The Danger of Historical Analogies

Historical analogies can often obscure and mislead more than they inform.

Posted December 20th, 2016

Trump, Gottemoeller, and U.S.-Russia Relations

There doesn’t seem to be any advantage gained in trying to force Gottemoeller out.

Posted December 16th, 2016

Report: Trump Chooses Tillerson for State and Picks Bolton as His Deputy

The fact that Bolton is receiving a top job anywhere in the administration is an indictment of Trump’s judgment.

Posted December 10th, 2016

The ‘Failure’ to Bomb Syria and the Myth of ‘Credibility’

Deciding not to bomb Syria did not lead other states to “seek new gains at America’s expense.”

Posted December 9th, 2016

Another Pointless Round of NATO Expansion

Adding Montenegro to NATO is unnecessary and serves no real purpose.

Posted December 6th, 2016

The Danger of Giving Friendly Countries False Encouragement

It often seems to be the case that another country’s most vocal and enthusiastic boosters here at home have the worst ideas for what U.S. policy towards that country ought to be.

Posted December 6th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Is Michael Flynn Trump’s Machiavelli? Christopher Fettweis reviews Michael Flynn and Michael …

Posted December 2nd, 2016