Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “South Korea”

The Trump-Kim Summit

North Korea’s arsenal is the reason they were able to receive the recognition and status that they now have, so they have every incentive to keep it.

Posted June 12th, 2018

Thornton and Trump’s Disdain for Diplomacy

Withdrawing Thornton’s nomination will continue the administration’s pattern of rejecting knowledgeable people for important positions because they fail to adopt sufficiently hawkish views.

Posted May 30th, 2018

Diplomacy with North Korea Needs Realistic Goals

North Korea isn’t going to give up its nuclear weapons in any case, so these objections to Moon’s mediation make no sense.

Posted May 29th, 2018

Stop Comparing North Korea to Libya

The administration has to stop thinking of North Korea as another Libya in any way.

Posted May 26th, 2018

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 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

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 Extortion Doctrine

Whatever one thinks about the merits of KORUS, this is a bad way to treat an ally.

Posted March 30th, 2018

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