Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “South Korea”

Successful Diplomacy with North Korea Requires Compromise

The Trump administration should absolutely be trying to negotiate with North Korea, but it should not be starting its engagement with the DPRK by having a rushed, slapdash summit based on unrealistic expectations.

Posted March 10th, 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

Trump’s Trade War and South Korea

This is the worst time to widen the rift between Washington and Seoul.

Posted March 6th, 2018

Nobody ‘Wins’ in a Trade War

Trump doesn’t accept that mutually beneficial exchanges and agreements are possible, and so he looks for ways to sabotage them.

Posted March 2nd, 2018

The Strained U.S.-South Korean Alliance

It is noteworthy that a top representative of an ally thinks it necessary to sound an alarm about the danger of a U.S. attack.

Posted February 28th, 2018

The U.S. Should Give Up on the Fantasy of Denuclearization

The administration has a small window of opportunity to improve on its hopeless North Korea policy, but it won’t last long.

Posted February 25th, 2018

Trump’s Mismanagement of the Alliance with Seoul

The U.S. should respect the preference of a large majority of the people living in the allied country that has the most at stake in a conflict with North Korea.

Posted February 20th, 2018

Pence’s Missed Opportunity in South Korea

Contradicting a high-profile allied initiative while Pence was on a visit to their country isn’t just bad form. It is diplomatic ineptitude.

Posted February 12th, 2018

Diplomatic Engagement with North Korea Is the Best Option

It is easy to dismiss diplomacy with North Korea, but it has only been through engagement that any progress has been made in changing its government’s behavior.

Posted February 8th, 2018

The Chasm Between the U.S. and South Korea

There is not just a gap between Washington and Seoul on how to handle North Korea, but rather a yawning chasm.

Posted February 8th, 2018

Pence’s Hard-Line Posturing Weakens the Alliance with Seoul

Pushing for a harder line from Seoul is likely to give North Korea an opening to drive a wedge between the U.S. and our ally.

Posted February 8th, 2018

Pence’s Misguided Asia Trip

The gap between Washington and Seoul on how to handle the North has been steadily growing over the last year, and Pence’s expected denunciations of North Korea are going to widen that gap.

Posted February 6th, 2018

Cha and the Insane Plan to Give North Korea a ‘Bloody Nose’

Cha wasn’t on board with an insane proposal to start a war, and now he won’t be ambassador to South Korea.

Posted January 30th, 2018

Trump’s North Korea Policy Is Divorced from Reality

The administration remains committed to pursuing an impossible goal at the risk of fighting an unnecessary and very costly war.

Posted November 8th, 2017

Trump’s Asia Trip

Based on his past behavior, it is more likely than not that the president will get into a public quarrel with at least one allied government during the trip.

Posted November 2nd, 2017

Avoiding War with North Korea

When the allied government that has the most to lose flatly rejects the idea of war with its neighbor, the U.S. should adapt its policy accordingly.

Posted November 1st, 2017

Insisting on North Korea’s Denuclearization Is a Dead End

Denuclearization of North Korea is not a realistic or achievable goal.

Posted October 30th, 2017