Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Stephen Walt”

Hawks Always Fail Upwards

Generic hawks don’t deserve a second chance after the last sixteen-plus years of failure and disaster, and fanatical hard-liners like Bolton never deserved a first chance.

Posted March 25th, 2018

The Baseless Fear of Iranian ‘Hegemony’

Conjuring up the specter of Iran as a possible regional hegemon is worse than threat inflation. It is threat invention.

Posted January 17th, 2018

Two Tedious Attacks on Realists

Attacks on academic realists are written to shore up the boundaries of what passes for acceptable “mainstream” foreign policy thought in Washington.

Posted September 20th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Murder of journalists reflects global assault on free speech. Noah Millman comments …

Posted September 15th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump’s comment on Venezuela makes a bad situation worse. Michael Shifter calls …

Posted August 18th, 2017

The Pitfalls of Trump’s Predictable Bellicosity

Trump has been reliably bad at alliance management and consistently prone to issuing threats that scare our allies more than they worry our adversaries.

Posted August 17th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

What does victory in Yemen look like? James Spencer explains the stalemated …

Posted May 12th, 2017

Trump vs. Foreign Policy Restraint (II)

The gap between what advocates of restraint want to see in U.S. foreign policy and what Trump is doing is very wide and seems likely to keep getting wider.

Posted January 27th, 2017

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Trump and Israel. Kelley Vlahos reports on the uncertainty created by Trump’s …

Posted January 20th, 2017

No, Really, Clinton Will Be Very Hawkish as President

Almost everything in her foreign policy record says that this is how she will govern.

Posted September 26th, 2016

Trump and Obama Aren’t Realists

Trump and Obama may end up taking a few positions that realists share, but they are doing so for their own reasons and usually with very different assumptions about how the world works.

Posted April 13th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The big lie about the Libyan war. Micah Zenko remembers how the …

Posted March 25th, 2016

Realists and the Trump Trap

Maybe realists think backing Trump is the sort of short-sighted and ill-considered course of action that they are warning other people against all the time.

Posted February 3rd, 2016

Squandering the Opportunity Created by the Nuclear Deal

The U.S. has an opportunity to create a more constructive relationship with Iran, but it is being squandered.

Posted September 17th, 2015

Rubio’s Foreign Policy of Constant Meddling

Rubio wants the U.S. to be meddling everywhere, but he doesn’t want to own up to the dangers that he would be courting.

Posted August 11th, 2015

The Madness of “Preventive” War

“Preventive” war is always unnecessary, and there can be no justification for it.

Posted May 18th, 2015

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Leo Strauss: hawk or dove? Samuel Goldman reviews Robert Howse’s Leo Strauss: …

Posted January 9th, 2015