Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Turkey”

Unnecessary Wars and Unreliable ‘Allies’

The U.S. needs to be more discriminating in the fights it chooses to join and the “allies” it accepts in the process.

Posted March 20th, 2017

Escalating the War on ISIS Without Debate or Authorization

U.S. military involvement in Syria continues to increase without debate or authorization from Congress.

Posted March 8th, 2017

Why the U.S. Shouldn’t Back Kurdish Independence

Backing a Kurdish state would be one more unnecessary headache for the U.S. that serves no discernible American interest.

Posted January 19th, 2017

Obama’s Misguided Indulgence of U.S. Client States

Obama has gone out of his way to try to placate and indulge them even when they behave appallingly.

Posted January 3rd, 2017

The Danger of Historical Analogies

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

Posted December 20th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

The Trump administration will be hawkish. Benjamin Friedman explains why Trump’s rhetoric …

Posted November 18th, 2016

No, There Isn’t a ‘New Cold War’ Between Democracy and Authoritarianism

What we see instead is a series of limited, largely reactive moves by authoritarian states against perceived threats to themselves or their clients.

Posted August 29th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Kirchick’s coup fantasies. Noah Millman ridicules an American coup fantasist. As a …

Posted July 22nd, 2016

Why the Coup Failed in Turkey

The attempted coup was the last gasp of a fading system.

Posted July 20th, 2016

The Failed Coup in Turkey Had No Popular Support

The lack of popular support for the failed coup in Turkey sets it apart from some other recent takeovers.

Posted July 18th, 2016

The Failed Coup in Turkey

Military rule would have been no better for Turkey’s political stability in the coming years.

Posted July 18th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Permanent Mideast intervention won’t stop terror. Charles Peña makes the case that …

Posted June 3rd, 2016

U.S. Proxies in Syria Are Attacking Each Other

The U.S. should start disentangling itself from this mess as quickly as it can.

Posted February 20th, 2016

The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Dean of the realists. Tom Switzer reviews the career and thought of …

Posted November 27th, 2015

The Downing of the Russian Jet and the Folly of Intervention

This incident should be a sobering warning for everyone in the West that wants to impose a “no-fly zone” in Syria.

Posted November 25th, 2015

Clinton’s Reckless and Flawed Syria Policy

Clinton’s plan suffers from many of the same flaws as Bush’s.

Posted November 23rd, 2015

Why Backing Kurdish Independence Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Carving out a new state creates a number of new problems for U.S. policy and doesn’t do much to solve existing ones.

Posted October 1st, 2015