Daniel Larison

Posts tagged “Turkey”

The Dangers of the Kurdish Referendum

All of this is just the start of the overwhelmingly hostile response from Iraqi Kurdistan’s neighbors.

Posted September 18th, 2017

BHL and the Exceptionally Weak Case for Kurdistan

The chief danger of establishing a new Kurdish state is that it would be violently opposed by at least three of its new neighbors.

Posted September 7th, 2017

The Case for Kurdistan Is Still Exceptionally Weak

Kurdish independence would just lead to new conflicts and more upheaval that would inflict more harm on Iraqi Kurds than on anyone else.

Posted August 31st, 2017

The Qatar Crisis Drags On

The Saudis and their allies miscalculated badly when they launched this punitive campaign.

Posted July 5th, 2017

The Problem with Kurdish Independence

Kurdish independence would spark new conflicts and complicate existing ones.

Posted June 20th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis and Trump’s Dangerous Embrace of the Saudis

Trump is putting the U.S. fully on one side of an internecine quarrel in which none of the governments involved deserves our support.

Posted June 9th, 2017

The Qatar Crisis

Turkish and Iranian support for Qatar raises the prospect of a prolonged standoff with increasing risks for all parties.

Posted June 7th, 2017

Trump and U.S. Support for Authoritarian Power-Grabs

When he sides with authoritarian leaders against their domestic opposition, Trump is unfortunately not so different from his predecessors.

Posted April 18th, 2017

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